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Top Gay Bigot in Mass. Legislature Won't Seek Reelection

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Rob's Note: An article from a couple of weeks ago that got lost in the shuffle.

See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya. From the Boston Globe:

The most vocal critic of gay marriage in the state Legislature will not seek re-election next year, according to a published report.

Rep. Philip Travis, D-Rehoboth, told The Boston Globe he wants to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests, including teaching at a community college and researching Native American history in his district.
Travis, 65, has led the fight against same-sex marriage since the state's Supreme Judicial Court legalized gay marriage in November 2003.

He led the way in getting the Legislature to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and when support for that waned, he got behind another proposal for a gay marriage ban aimed at the 2008 ballot.
Conservative groups, including the Massachusetts Family Institute, will be losing an ally.
He also had his struggles. In 1998, while serving as chairman of the legislative Banking Committee, he solicited financial contributions for an Indian tribe in his district from several banks at a time when his committee was considering banking legislation.

He paid a $1,500 fine and lost his chairmanship.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, unless it's a door labeled equality for all.

This is a good development for gays and lesbians. At least in one state in this country, the trend is towards gay marriage and it looks more and more like it won't be overturned by the legislature. Why? Because critics of gay marriage lost their seats in the last election cycle and more were ready to go down this time, hence the "spend more time with my family" argument.

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