Gay Marriage preserved in Massachusetts

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  1. HotBulge

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    Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003, but its status was recently jeopardized. Former MA governor Mitt Romney and other conservative state representatives called for an initiative to collect enough votes to put the gay marriage issue back on the ballot for 2008. Enough ballots were collected to raise the issue again at the state Constitutional convention held today.

    [If anyone needs evidence as to why Mitt Romney is evil, here's one good reason -- he threw gays "under the bus" to advance his own conservative agenda and move towards the presidency ]

    Fortunately, the MA legislature just ruled to keep gay marriage OFF of the ballot. Fifty votes were needed to bring the the measure forward, but only 45 votes were affirmative. So, gay marriage in MA is preserved!!
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    hursday, June 14, 2007

    Legislators vote to defeat same-sex marriage ban

    By Frank Phillips, Globe Staff
    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.
    The three leaders - along with gay rights activists - spent the last several days intensely lobbying a dozen or more state representatives and state senators who had previously supported the amendment but signaled that they were open to changing their positions.
    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.
    "We're proud of our state today, and we applaud the legislature for showing that Massachusetts is strongly behind fairness," said Lee Swislow, executive director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, in a statement. "The vote today was the triumph of time, experience, and understanding over fear and prejudice."
    Posted by the Boston Globe City & Region Desk at 01:23 PM
     
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    It is a genuine miracle. Thank Whatever!
     
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    Now the following will happen:

    1. We will have a state (other than MA) constitutional challenge.
    2. A Supreme Court ruling.
    3. If ruling is for gay marriage, then their will be a U.S. constitional amendment.
     
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    Now if only we can convince the federal government to follow suit... for a little equal protection under the law.
     
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    Good that they kept it, it would surely be a step in the wrong direction to take it away.
     
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    Progress happens in slow, incremental steps. This is a good step forward.

    No doubt.
     
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