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Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts went out on a political limb to say the obvious. A ballot question to ban gay marriage in our state will be counterproductive and in fact, create a "circus atmosphere." (AP Press, 5/10/07)

The man knows a little bit about circus atmospheres having been elected the first African-American governor of this state; he's been under fire ever since for searing issues like his office drape choice and a distinct unwillingness to sell himself out for the most promised votes. He has radical ideas like we have to change the funding formula for public education and gay marriage is a said and done deal.

Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, a group created to save society from crumbling under a homosexual agenda, called Patrick's comments "over the top."

"I can't imagine having a ballot question that would turn the state into a circus and have lawmakers unable to do their job," he said.

Really, Kris?

Massachusetts is the only state in the NATION that recognizes gay marriage. The chance to weigh in on a topic hotter than abortion, easier to pose about than the war, and guaranteed to whip people into a frenzy? A room of fifth graders with a box of donuts would be more respectful.

Last I checked, all the Republican contenders for president made very clear how much they were against gay marriage. It was a debate point they all scored a slam-dunk on the other night in their debate.

If you were running for president and people were a little suspect about your qualifications -- hello Rudy Giuliani? -- and no relevant experience on a international level except to say he took a cab in New York City -- wouldn't you rather hold up a big sign saying, I'M AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE.

Mr. Giuliani, how would you address North Korea's continued saber rattling and threats to test a nuclear weapon?

Did I mention I am clearly against gay marriage?

Uh... okay. What about the increasingly high level of US debt held by China? Considering the lack of international cooperation continually shown by China -- what would you do if they suddenly decided to change their currency value, sending the dollar into a tailspin?

Marriage should be a man and woman. That's it. Between the little wife and I? We've gone through enough marriages to forget one or two. But here we are, one man, one woman, and a lot of alimony. That's what keeps the economy strong.

No, Kris Mineau assures us Governor Patrick is wrong. There will be no circus in an all out, no incumbent running presidential election year. Not a single dime of outside money funding a campaign to eliminate what your own site calls,

"A publicly proclaimed goal of same-sex marriage activists is to pursue moral and legal legitimacy for homosexuality by having same-sex "marriage" legalized throughout the United States."

C'mon, Kris? You mean James Dobson and his cronies won't step a foot on Massachusetts soil to warn how same sex marriage leads to "marriage between daddies and little girls ... between a man and his donkey".

I worry about someone who thinks in those terms. A man and his donkey? It's not something that has ever crossed my mind. Ever. Why does it cross his?

During the ballot question debate, Mineau promises no deflection from the business of government. All will be quiet, with legislators focused on budgets, policy and constituents needs. Yeah. Sure. While presidential candidates stand with the golden dome of the state house in the background proclaiming their opposition to gay marriage, our state reps and senators will be working, working, working.

Have you ever witnessed a politician turning down free airtime?

I can see it now. Democrats proclaiming a poll defined love for all people but society's need to have only a man and woman allowed to get divorced. It's a lot easier than explaining past votes supporting the war in Iraq until those very same polls told them they should stop.

The Republicans? We've already heard them weigh in on this. Watching them defend themselves from each other's attacks as "pro-gay" will require popcorn and a strong drink.

Rudi? The appearances in drag you made? Think of Dukakis in the tank. You're history. Try to claim a little dignity and continue the very progressive policies you had as a Mayor. If nothing else, you'll be able to look Howard Koeppel and Mark Hsiao in the eye.

Ultimately? Governor Patrick is right. It will be a circus indeed.

With plenty of clowns.