Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bill Galvin Responds

Others have already noted gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick's reaction to the certification of the gay marriage ban ballot initiative. Today's Boston Globe has reaction from another of Reilly's 2006 rivals, Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin:

Secretary of State William F. Galvin, who is also considering a run for governor on the Democratic ticket, declined to offer an opinion on Reilly's decision, but said he sees no reason for voters to support the ballot question.

"I think this is one of those instances where the institution of gay marriage may be less divisive to society than the referendum campaign will be," Galvin said. "The emotions that this kind of issue brings out can be very detrimental to society. It has been around for a year and any honest person can conclude that it has not been detrimental to society."
Galvin is exactly right. We're being subjected to three years of poisonous rhetoric (on both sides) for what? To stop a handful of gay couples from being happy.