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UPDATE: Massachusetts Gay Marriage Ban Defeated

UPDATE: By a vote of 151-45, the proposed amendment banning gay marriage has been defeated in the Massachusetts Legislature!


Here's the scene outside the Massachusetts statehouse as activists on both sides of the gay marriage debate await a vote by the constitutional convention scheduled to convene at 1 pm.

MassstatehouseMassachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and others have been furiously lobbying lawmakers in an effort to get them to vote against allowing a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage on the 2008 ballot.

The Associated Press says that the "push seemed to be gaining ground" with some lawmakers reconsidering their previous votes in favor of the amendment. The measure must receive 50 votes in two consecutive sessions to be approved and already won approval in January on the last session's final day.

Said Patrick: "We're working right down to the wire."

Supporters of the ban were working fervently as well. Said Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute: "When we hear rumors of possible changes of votes we contact that lawmaker immediately. Every indication we have so far is that our votes are holding firm. These are people of principle who believe in the people's right to define marriage."

Gay marriage has been legal in Massachusetts since 2004.

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  1. CHRIS, my understanding is that MA law does not allow for a voter initiated amendment that fails cannot be brought back for three years.

    If they do try it again, and get the required signatures (not likely), the earliest it could go to the voters would be 2012.


    In Massachusetts it's OVER for the fundies!

    Now the fundies will use this to scare their sheep to raise millions/billions of dollars for their anti-gay agenda and to push, once again, for a federal marriage amendment.

    Bottom line, it's more important than ever to elect gay supportive politicians.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 14, 2007 9:56:01 PM

  2. Wow, that first sentence went off the tracks.

    I meant to say, " understanding is that MA law does not allow for a voter initiated amendment, that fails, to be tried again for three years."

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 14, 2007 9:59:16 PM

  3. One nice thing about the vote is that it wasn't partisan. Many Republicans voted for equality - and some Democrats voted against us.

    Maybe some day supporting equality for all citizens will not be a partisan issue for the whole nation and people can be free to vote based on issues surrounding economic policies or taxes or qualifications or abilities without worrying about electing bigotry.

    Posted by: Timothy | Jun 14, 2007 10:04:00 PM

  4. There is always the FMA to worry about...

    Posted by: anon ( | Jun 14, 2007 10:22:03 PM

  5. I am glad that same sex couples living in Massachusetts are afforded the same benefits of married couples.

    However, while the legislature may have re-affirmed "gay marriage" in Massachusetts, in the big picture, the vote weakens the integrity of a state, a nation. What will be concocted next?
    Just as "transitioning" has now been substituted for trans-gendered, "gay" has long replaced homosexual as its moniker.
    Because calling one a homosexual was too offensive, too derogatory a term (and replaced with "gay") so to, has "gay marriage" become the moniker for what rightfully is a domestic partnership or a civil union. While it may be publiclly accepted, privately, many of those same people hold a different belief.

    It is a slippery slope when a nation allows itself to become homogenized.

    Posted by: Stephen | Jun 15, 2007 7:08:14 AM

  6. Sorry Stephen, as much as it kills you, and thrills me, the married gay couples in Massachusetts are MARRIED not "married". They are not getting the same benefits as married couples THEY ARE married couples and no amount of your whining, crying or bloviating can change that.

    Massachusetts is just the first step. Many states will follow and sooner than you think. EVERY poll, in EVERY region of the country (even the South) shows that the movement is clearly in the direction of marriage equality. People, with outdated views like yours, are dying off by the millions and being replaced by a younger, more progressive, more gay positive, more equality minded generation AND they VOTE.

    As if the news from Massachusetts didn't make me happy enough, just the thought that this distresses you the same way that integration and multi face water fountains and open seating on buses distressed my racist, ranting Mississippi grandfather is just icing on the cake.

    Like he and George Wallace, your ignorance, arrogance and intransigence will leave you as a relic of history that people look back on with pity.

    It’s time to stop standing defiantly in the doorway of progress and equality Mr. Wallace, um I mean Stephen.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 15, 2007 10:32:48 AM

  7. Make that "multi-RACE" water fountains.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 15, 2007 10:45:34 AM

  8. Oh, Stephen, you make me so sad. It's a sad reminder of how little self esteem so many gay people have.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 15, 2007 2:14:49 PM

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