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a joint session of the house and senate voted 157-39 against a proposed constitutional amendment that sought to ban gay marriage but legalize civil unions.

dozens of legislators who had initially supported the proposed change to the state constitution said they no longer felt right about denying the rights of marriage to same-sex couples

"Gay marriage has begun, and life has not changed for the citizens of the commonwealth, with the exception of those who can now marry," said state Sen. Brian Lees, an East Longmeadow Republican who had been a co-sponsor of the amendment. "This amendment which was an appropriate measure or compromise a year ago, is no longer, I feel, a compromise today."

i know the opponents haven't stopped, they're busy crafting a more restrictive proposal. i am heartened by those voices who actually pay attention and note that the gay marriages that have so far been performed have not done any harm to heterosexual marriages.

on 2005-09-14 21:33 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] ailbhe
crumbling! crumbling, I tell you!

Unless that's the cookies...

on 2005-09-15 02:16 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-brat.livejournal.com
My 85-year-old father was addressing a card to my sister and said "should I make it to Mrs. C...?" I said "no, make it to Mrs. (her wife's last name).." He got the biggest grin on his face. Chickened out of doing it, but it was so cool to be able to joke with him that way. I always give him a rough time because any envelope that arrives from him is made out to Mr. and Mrs. H. but if there's a check inside, it's made out to Dr. C....

Anyway, I think his attitude towards my sister's marriage is pretty damed good for an elderly Irish Catholic. And I'm pretty damned proud to be living in Massachusetts.

on 2005-09-15 03:04 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] ckd
"If you can't change your mind, are you sure you still have one?"

There are some great quotes from this article written before the vote, like:

State Senator James E. Timilty, a Walpole Democrat who campaigned last year in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment, said the meetings were crucial to altering his position because they converted abstract moral arguments into tangible reality.

"At many of these meetings, when I would look at the children of these couples and see that they deserved all of the benefits that I had certainly growing up in a family, the principles of fairness changed my mind and I decided that a no vote was the correct vote," Timilty said.

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