In one of the early Associated Press stories:
Jean Chandler, 62, of Cambridge, came with fellow members of her Baptist church in an effort to rebuff the image that strict followers of the Bible are opposed to gay marriage.
"I think being gay is like being left-handed," Chandler said. "If we decided left-handed people couldn't marry, what kind of society would we be?"
The Boston Globe published a statement from a senator who changed her mind and voted against the amendment:
The Attleboro Sun Chronicle has an article about a senator from that area who also changed his mind and voted against the amendment:
The visitor had asked Ross about his business as a funeral home director.
Ross, R-Wrentham, said he was recalling how his father was an undertaker before him.
His father told him that the business teaches you that everyone is entitled to respect and dignity.
"As I told that story, I started to cry and had to excuse myself. That story came from up above and was dropped on me," he said.
The memory of his father teaching him the importance of respect confirmed for him that he had to vote against the ban because it would have subjected gay couples to "hatred and bigotry," he said.
Ross said gay marriage has been allowed in Massachusetts for about three years now.
Couples have been united and families formed in that time.
Gay couples have never done anything to hurt him or his family, so why should he hurt them? he asked.
Note: the Sun Chronicle a few weeks ago also published an open letter to Sen. Ross, which is also worth reading.
Congratulations to our friends in Massachusetts. Here's hoping that it won't be long until Rhode Island's legislators also stand up for what is right.