Whatever your politics, likely is you'll appreciate this picture: The newly appointed Republican Senator from Massachusetts Scott Brown posing mostly nude for a 1984 Cosmopolitan centerfold spread (why don't they do this anymore?).
Massachusetts is suing the federal government because they think the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says this denies gay and lesbian couples federal income tax credits, employment and retirement benefits, health insurance coverage and Social Security payments
Hot on the heels of last week's Iowa Supreme Court ruling that a ban on gay marriage there was unconstitutional, Vermont has also legalized same-sex marriage. The New England State, which in 2000 became the first in the country to adopt civil unions for gay couples, came to the decision today when the Vermont Legislature successfully overrode Governor Jim Douglas's veto of a bill allowing gay couples to marry. With this decision, Vermont becomes the first state to legalize gay marriage through a legislative action, rather than a court ruling, and the fourth state overall to legalize same-sex marriages. The other states, in addition to Iowa, are Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Massachusetts has long been a liberal pioneer. But they've tempered some of their enlightened ideals to enhance relationships with other states. But the state Senate has voted to repeal an act that allows out-of-staters to get married in Mass. Who knows where this is going next.