Mansfield Fox

Law student. Yankees fan. Massive fraggle. Just living the American dream.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

YOGI NODS Or, as we say in Yankee country, "It ain't over 'till it's over." So the gay marriage issue heads to the Massachusetts legislature. It's unclear whether Goodridge v. Massachusetts requires marriage, or whether civil unions will suffice. And, of course, the legislature can always propose an amendment to the Massachusetts constitution restricting marriage to different-sex couples only.

One interesting thing to note, though: this ain't Vermont, circa 1999. The governor of Massachusetts isn't some Howard Dean liberal. He's a socially conservative Mormon. Any bets as to whether he wants to go down in history as the man who signed into law America's first gay marriage law? Or who took civil unions from being a Vermont-based out-lier and made them mainstream, at least in the blue states?

Oh, this ain't over. Not by a long shot.