Thursday, June 14, 2007
Massachusetts kills amendment to ban gay marriage.
Good news from the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention today:
A proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was defeated today by a joint session of the Legislature by a vote of 45 to 151, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008. At least 50 votes were needed to advance the measure.
The vote came after House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, Senate President Therese Murray, and Governor Deval Patrick conferred this morning and concluded that they have the votes to kill the proposal. . . .
Because fewer than 50 of the state's 200 lawmakers supported the amendment, it will not appear on the 2008 ballot, giving gay marriage advocates a major victory in their battle with social conservatives to keep same-sex marriage legal in Massachusetts.
Opponents of gay marriage face an increasingly tough battle to win legislative approval of any future petitions to appear on a statewide ballot. The next election available to them is 2012.
("Legislators vote to defeat same-sex marriage ban," Frank Phillips, Boston.com 6.14.07)
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 14 June 2007 at 2:04 PM