Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick became the first governor of that state to march in a gay pride parade on Saturday which he did alongside his daughter Katherine and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
Patrick is working feverishly, along with other lawmakers, to sway the legislature and keep a divisive proposal to ban gay marriage in that state off the ballot. The measure comes up for a vote this week.
From WCVB in Boston: “The man who will be under the gun will be House Speaker Sal DiMasi, a supporter of gay marriage. He has three days before a scheduled Constitutional Convention to convince enough lawmakers to vote against the proposed amendment. Back in January, when the plan won enough votes to move forward, most of the votes came from the House, but the margin in favor of the ban has narrowed, according to newspaper reports. Thursday, it would take at least 50 votes or one quarter of the Legislature, to vote in favor of the amendment for it to move forward. It must be approved in two consecutive sessions to win a place on the ballot.”
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