Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Singing at the Statehouse

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Singing at the Statehouse

Article excerpt

The night before I went to the Massachusetts statehouse on February 11 to protest a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, I tore up an old box and made a sign. It read, "I'm 19. I'm a college student. And one day I'd like to get married." For two days I joined other gays and lesbians in the halls of the state capitol. We chanted, "Defend don't amend," and sang patriotic songs.

As one of the few teenagers present, I was confronted by antigay protesters--many wearing stickers that read "one man, one woman"--who thought they could change my views. One man argued that legalized same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and incest. A few hours later I spoke with two women who belonged to an organization that tries to turn gays straight, I could change if I really wanted, they said, and the only reason that I was at the statehouse was because I was caught up in the "gay agenda. …

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