What was called the "most expensive mayoral race in Quincy history" ended Tuesday with Thomas Koch defeating incumbent mayor, William Phelan. Phelan was known for organizing a Celebration of Diversity Festival while the Newly Elected Mayor Koch is best known for his signing of the VoteOnMarriage petition against marriage equality here in Massachusetts.
How did this bigot get elected in a town which was so strongly in support of marriage equality? How could this happen? My God, I would not order a pizza from or buy a car from a signer of the anti-gay petition, so I cannot even imagine what it must be like to live in a town which has a mayor who unashamedly signed onto that mean-spirited document.
I guess we all let our guard down on this one. Didn't we, MassEquality?? I guess the standard answer would be once again that you "had your hands tied" by your board and contributors because your "mission" was not yet determined. But it seems to me that opposing a mayoral candidate who is a signer against Equal Rights for LGBT people (ie marriage equality) as well as a spokesperson for the idea that his own signing was "just an opinion" would be well within your job description.
To the Quincy For Marriage Equality Organization's credit (as an MEQ affiliate), it did strongly oppose Koch's candidacy, but obviously did not have the strength to defeat Koch while our "MotherShip MassEquality" was planning its new purpose.
The LGBT people in Quincy and at Quincy for Marriage should be able to celebrate all their hardwork (which I know this reads as sarcasm on my part--but it isn't, they did amazing work) and they should be able to attend MassEquality's ($ 5000, $ 2500, $ 1000 etc) Victory Gala on December 5th without having to worry about anti-LGBT issues, but they cannot...
Instead, they need to watch the newly elected, yet consistently bigoted Mayor Thomas P. Koch like a hawk...making sure that every move he makes, every press conference he gives, every staffer he hires and every policy he supports is not prejudiced by his already clear and present bias.
Tom Lang, Director Know Thy Neighbor