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Gay rights-affirming Deval Patrick sworn in as MA gov

Deval Patrick takes the oath of office as Massachusetts governor as his wife, Diane, holds the Bible outside the Statehouse in Boston Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Continuing the good news today…

The country’s second black governor — and staunch marriage equality advocate —  was sworn in today, sweeping out the stench of intolerance left behind by Mitt Romney. (365gay):

Amid springlike weather that embraced the state’s first outdoor inaugural, Patrick placed his hand on a Bible once given to John Quincy Adams by “Amistad” slaves he helped free and repeated the oath recited to him by Senate President Robert Travaglini.

“We meet today on a singular occasion, more than the passing of title and honor, more than the ritual transfer of the power of government,” Patrick, 50, told a crowd of thousands that stretched into Boston Common. “This is the occasion when the people charge new leadership to steward the public trust. It is a profound responsibility and I accept it humbly.”

…Also observing was L. Douglas Wilder, who became the nation’s first black elected governor in 1990 when he was similarly inaugurated in Virginia. He now serves as mayor of the state’s capital city, Richmond.

Patrick said this on Monday, as he went up to the Statehouse this week in an unsuccessful attempt at lobbying the legislature not to vote on the amendment initiative.

I believe that adults should be free to choose whom they wish to love and to marry.  The SJC’s decision in Goodridge affirms that basic human right, and I support it.
— Gov.-elect Deval Patrick, in his statement calling for lawmakers to kill the marriage amendment bill

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