Mass. business leaders back gay marriage

Mass. business leaders back gay marriage

It looks like there are 165 business and civic leaders in Massachusetts who are opposed to the democratic process. That’s the number of people, including “leading bankers, healthcare executives, lawyers, and leaders of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce,” who took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe this week calling on legislators not to allow the people to vote on a constitutional amendment specifically codifying a ban on same-sex marriage when it comes up at the Constitutional Convention next week. Who are these elites opposed to protecting marriage? I’m sad to say it includes the owner of my beloved New England Patriots.

The signers include Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his wife, Myra; real estate developer Robert Beal; Mayor Thomas M. Menino; chamber president Paul Guzzi, and more than 20 members of the chamber’s board of directors; architect Graham Gund; author Robert B. Parker; venture capitalist Richard M. Burnes Jr.; Boston Foundation president Paul S. Grogan; and Stacey Lucchino, who is married to Red Sox chief executive Larry Lucchino.

The ad is being bankrolled by the gay activist group MassEquality and engineered by the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. Part of their claim is that the Massachusetts economy would be hurt by a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. I’m still trying to get my head around that one. So in the other 49 states where marriage is still between one man and one woman, is the economy in a shambles? (Setting aside that economic matters should never trump moral considerations.)

Meanwhile, I find it ironic that in New York, where the state supreme court ruled that it had no authority to change the definition of marriage, gay marriage activists are calling for legislative action and letting the people vote. On the other hand, here in Massachusetts the same activists seem to be afraid to let the people vote. Why? If there is such a groundswell of support for gay marriage in this very liberal state, why not allow the people to say so? Instead they have to resort to blatantly illegal tricks to kill the proposal. Welcome to the dictatorial People’s Republic of Massachusetts.

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Domenico Bettinelli