Monday, January 22, 2007

Could Hedlund Switch on Marriage?

I really dropped the ball on this one. Several of the local papers in state Senator Bob Hedlund's (R-Weymouth) district including Hingham, Norwell, Cohasset, and Scituate carried an interview with the Senator last Friday. For some reason, this meant that the article appeared no less than 100 times in my news reader. I neglected to read it until today, however, and was surprised to find this passage buried at the end. (emphasis added)

[Hedlund] says he is 'tormented' about the gay marriage issue. Hedlund voted to put the question of amending the state Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman before the voters. However, he is undecided on how he will vote in the second Constitutional Convention which is required to put the question on the ballot in 2008.

"I've met a lot of good people on both sides of the issue, who have weighed in quite strongly," he says.
Now, it may be that Hedlund has, in fact, already made up his mind and is just trying to put off the consequence of that decision (one way or another) until the next ConCon. Taking him at his word, however, it might be helpful for supporters of marriage equality who live in his district to write or call his office (617-722-1646) and let him know that they'd appreciate his support.