Thank you, Massachusetts

November 17, 2006
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I am writing to express my sincere admiration to local elected officials Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, Sen. Marion Walsh, Rep. Liz Malia and Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez for standing up for equality. I am infinitely relieved that the right to marry whom we choose in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is not going to be put to the ballot. It really is time to move on. I am deeply proud to live in Massachusetts.

As Sen. Ed Augustus of Worcester said, “People often ask why Massachusetts is so out of step with the rest of the nation. And I say that we are as out of step today as we were at the village green of Lexington and Concord. We are as out of step today as we were when Boston was the center of the abolitionist movement, or as out as step as we were when the first women’s rights convention convened in my home town of Worcester. Massachusetts has always been the conscience of the nation; that is our role.”

Thank you, Massachusetts.

Robyn Ochs
Jamaica Plain