Thursday, November 9, 2006
Mass. gay marriage ban on legislative agenda today.
The 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