Rate Your State Part 6: “The People’s Republic of Massachusetts”

Prior to the above nickname evoking Communist China given to the Commonwealth by some conservatives, Massachusetts was home to the second President of these Unites States, John Adams. It is also home to the Kennedys and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who shares a house in the Western part of the state wither her partner, Susan, in addition to an apartment they share in Manhattan. On February 6, 1788, Massachusetts ratified the U.S. Constitution and was the first state to abolish slavery and the first to allow same-sex marriage.

As progressive as the state seems, the words “domestic partner” are nowhere to be found in the intestate laws. You will find only the words “husband” and “wife.” Therefore the matrimaniacal fatwa against the unmarried types continues even in “Communist Massachusetts.” In what was previously known as the “Cradle of Liberty,” if you are not married and there is no will…there is no way. No love for the Bay State.


2 responses to “Rate Your State Part 6: “The People’s Republic of Massachusetts”

  1. So do they say “husband and husband” then? Husband 1 and Husband 2? I imagine so. By keeping the marriage terminology, they still cling to those antiquated terms as if to squeeze out every last vestige of the old-school idea of matrimony before it (hopefully) becomes defunct. Puhleese.

  2. I know! I was expecting to see the term domestic partner and was shocked when I didn’t. The gay rights movement is very marriage focused and many have abandoned the domestic partnership fight because they see full marriage rights on the horizon and don’t see the need.

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