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Old 06-14-2007, 05:01 PM   #1
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Marriage Equality Defended in Massachusetts

[q]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."[/q]
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Bunch o'crazies
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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.
Sad day.

I know this gay marriage experiment has been a disaster.

The gays are recruiting like crazy.

And man on boy rape is way up in Mass.



or


45 bigots had one more chance to write their names in the history books.
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it's not even a quarter of the legiislator.

that's, like, Bush-level approval ratings.
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Is it ok to get a little misty-eyed at this news?
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My prediction came true, I predicted it would be defeated right here in FYM last year. What do I win?


He's not gov anymore, so what's the "we"? Maybe he wants a national amendment or something...


Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate

"Today's vote by the State Legislature is a regrettable setback in our efforts to defend traditional marriage. Unfortunately, our elected representatives decided that the voice of the people did not need to be heard in this debate. It is now even more important that we pass a Constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage. Marriage is an institution that goes to the heart of our society, and our leaders can no longer abdicate their responsibility."



State Senator Gale Candaras, a Democrat from Wilbraham, who changed positions and voted against the ban

"For me, what all this comes down to is this: Same gendered couples are taxpaying, law-abiding citizens, who are important community contributors, well-loved and well-respected by their families, friends, neighbors and employers. They deserve and are entitled to the same legal protections enjoyed by all others citizens of our state. This is the law of the Commonwealth, articulated by our Supreme Judicial Court in Goodrich v. The Department of Public Health, decided in November, 2003."
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My prediction came true, I predicted it would be defeated right here in FYM last year. What do I win?










that's all I got
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Wow, a thumbs up and 4 bucks and I have a coffee
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Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate

".... It is now even more important that we pass a Constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage. Marriage is an institution that goes to the heart of our society,...."




Should he ask his fellow Republicans who've been divorced several times, many due to extramarital affairs, all about what an institution it is?

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Wow, a thumbs up and 4 bucks and I have a coffee


$4 should get you at least a grande macchiato.

and Romney can kiss my ass.
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This is great! Way to go!
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And this will impact the next election. Tonight they are taking aim. They need five seats and this will be a reality.
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So does Mitt Romney actually hate gay people, or does he just want them at the back of the bus? Someone please enlighten me.

Ass.

Oh & 2 snaps for Mrs. S to go with the and the $4
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What? No posts complaining about this being the downfall of society as we know it yet?
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Funny how those posts never seem to pop up, but then this isn't the real world.
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