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Friday, February 10, 2006

The New Bedford anti-gay attack

Originally uploaded by SoxIn18.
The news media is busy covering the recent anti-gay attack in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and the subsequent death of the suspected attacker, 18-year-old Jacob Robida. Here is my reaction.


At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Jill said...

Hey there... not all of us southerners are northern-bashing fiends... yes, the ones who wear the rebel flag to cover their beer guts USUALLY are... but not all of us!

At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a pretty offensive comic. You're attacking biogtry and intolerance by being bigoted and stereotypical yourself.

At 7:58 AM, Blogger Richard Tenorio said...

Am I stereotyping the South? I don't think so. Consider the following: In 2004, voters in 11 states approved measures that banned same-sex marriage. Four of these states can be considered Southern: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi. The Mississippi measure passed with 86 percent of the vote, and in each of these states, to quote, "the amendments received at least three-quarters of the votes."

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Richard Tenorio said...

I don't mean to imply that there aren't good people throughout the South who support gay rights. There are. However, the region still suffers from hostility toward gay people. So does Massachusetts, but the Bay State, regardless of its deficiencies, is still the only one that has passed gay marriage.

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the legislature of California is the only one that has "passed" gay marriage. So the kudos should go to California. The gay marriage status in Massachusetts is declared by fiat by judges, which isn't quite the same thing. It's also not very helpful for gay rights, as pronouncements by judges in this sort of thing just incense people and doesn't advance social causes much.

Massachusetts is actually much more intolerant than the South, if you spend some time in Western Mass. you'll miss California terribly.


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