Monday, May 17, 2010

Massachusetts & Gay Marriage 6 Years Later

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

This is the sixth anniversary of the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts. In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson, Host of OUTTAKE VOICES™, talks with Arline Isaacson, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus. Arline is one of the architects of gay marriage in Massachusetts and probably one of the most brilliant lobbyists in this country. Massachusetts pioneered gay marriage which is now legal in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa & Washington D.C. When asked what advice she had for other states who are trying to achieve marriage equality Isaacson stated, “In order to win the right for our people to marry it takes a number of variables that include working very very hard but just as importantly, working smart. It means trying to think like the enemy. Trying to think like our opponents. Trying to anticipate every step of the way what will they do? How will they do it? How will it be received? What can we do to preemptly try and thwart their efforts and what can we do to preemptly try and trump their efforts? That’s one of the things we did so well in Massachusetts and it made all the difference in the world. We quite literally in Massachusetts out-lobbied our opponents, out-maneuvered our opponents, out-parliamentary procedured our opponents and out-organized our opponents every step of the way.”

The Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus hosted a fundraising event to celebrate the sixth anniversary of gay marriage and Ms. Isaacson's birthday at the newly opened Napoleon Room at Boston’s Club CafĂ©. In this exclusive audio montage we had a chance to talk with LGBT activists and allies about the future of gay marriage and LGBT civil rights in America. In attendance were Gary Daffin who also serves as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus (MGLPC), Boston Mayor Tom Menino, a solid LGBT ally and the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, serving five term, Grace Ross, gubernatorial candidate, longtime LGBT activist Barbara Hoffman and Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Director Gunner Scott.
For More Info: mglpc.org

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