Our elected representatives in the Legislature will soon hold a historic vote. It regards the institution of marriage.
But it will not be a vote for or against same sex marriage.
No, it will be a vote for or against democracy.
The people here today have followed the law, followed the process
established in the Constitution, and gathered an astounding 170,000
signatures. Their effort means that the people, the citizens, will be
free to choose how marriage is defined in Massachusetts.
This is democracy pure and simple.
Of course, democracy can be squashed. Only one fourth of the
legislators must vote for democracy, for this question, this choice, to
be given to the people. But it is conceivable that some will try to
block a vote by the people by blocking a vote of the legislature.
We here are speaking for democracy and the rule of the law. Whether you
agree that marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman or not,
surely you can agree that the course of democracy, established by the
Constitution, must be followed. Is there anything more fundamental to
this Commonwealth and this country than the principle that power is
reserved to the people, that government is the servant, not the master?
We ask for one thing: the constitutionally prescribed vote of the Legislature. Let the people speak.