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Thursday, November 9, 2006

Mass. gay marriage ban on legislative agenda today.

State House rally for marriage equalityThe Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, which meets today, is scheduled to vote on a citizen petition to ban gay marriage by amending the state constitution. Gay marriage has been legal in Massachusetts since May 2004, of course, so the citizen petition seeks to "unmarry the neighbors," as E.J. Graff puts it. The constitutional convention has opted not to amend the constitution by itself in the last two years, outraging anti-gay marriage groups in the state, so conservative religious groups have launched a voter initiative instead. For the initiative to make it onto the 2008 ballot, it needs merely 50 yea votes from legislators in two consecutive constitutional conventions.

Frank Phillips reports today that House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi may have rounded up enough votes to force the convention to recess before voting on the initiative. Pro-gay marriage groups continue to argue that people's rights should not be put to a popular vote. And if you'd like to put in a good word for gay marriage today, there's a fine rally outside the State House — and good weather for it, too — or you can send some money to MassEquality.

Note: The picture here is from an earlier State House rally; I'll try to post pictures of today's rally this evening.

("Leaders seek to kill gay marriage ban," Frank Phillips, Boston Globe 11.9.06, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 9 November 2006 at 8:52 AM

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November 9, 2006 11:27 AM | Permalink for this comment

The Jesus balloon is hovering over the enemies of "Adam & Steve" again this morning. (I photographed it last July at the previous constitutional convention, when the initiative was postponed until today.)


November 9, 2006 02:50 PM | Permalink for this comment

Follow the convention at the Bay Windows Constitutional Convention blog.


November 9, 2006 05:22 PM | Permalink for this comment

Here are a bunch of pictures I took this morning on my way in to work and during my lunch hour.


November 9, 2006 05:34 PM | Permalink for this comment

More photos from Bay Windows.

Jay Tea:

November 10, 2006 07:59 AM | Permalink for this comment

I am an outspoken supporter of gay marriage, but the law in Massachusetts is clear: IF the supporters of an issue get enough certified signatures on a petition, THEN the Constitutional Convention MUST hold a vote on the matter. Period. To refuse to vote on the matter -- or, in this case, keep "postponing" it until the session runs out -- is flagrantly UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

I live in New Hampshire, so this is entirely theoretical for me, but I do NOT want to see this win by such illegal and underhanded means. It's just fundamentally wrong.


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