Alex Blaze

Massachusetts Constitutional Convention today

Filed By Alex Blaze | June 14, 2007 7:45 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: constitutional convention, marriage, Massachusetts

The State of Massachusetts is having their convention today to decide whether or not to put the anti marriage amendment on the ballot, which would make it both the first state to legally recognize same-sex marriages and the first state to stop. You can watch a live stream of the convention here. I'll have updates later with the results.

1:17PM update: It lost 40 to 117 151 to 45. It's not going on the ballot. Woot!

2:49PM update: HRC's press release

7:45 update: More reactions, after the jump.

  • Matt Foreman of the NGLTF:
    Today's vote averts a divisive, defamatory and hugely expensive campaign that our national community would have had to wage between now and 2008 to preserve the freedom to marry in the one state where we have it. The repercussions -- in terms of saved energy and millions of dollars that can now be devoted to other pressing priorities -- cannot be overstated.
  • Kate Kendell of the NCLR:
    As a result of this victory, same-sex couples in Massachusetts and across the country can breathe a huge sigh of relief: the freedom to marry in Massachusetts is now resoundingly secure. Those who seek to turn back the clock on justice and equality have been handed a bruising defeat that will resonate throughout the country for generations to come. In future years, we will look back on today's vote as the beginning of a new era-a hard-won tipping point in the fierce battle to overcome discrimination against our families and to achieve a true measure of dignity and respect.
  • Mass Resistance:
    Pandemonium at State House as homosexual activists gloat and celebrate.
  • Gay Patriot:
    And today, we see Log Cabin once again echoing the attitudes of the gay left leadership. No sooner do I receive a press release from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) heralding the defeat of a measure which would have allowed a popular vote on a constitutional amendment barring gay marriage in the Bay State, overturning the state Supreme Judicial Court's 2003 Goodridge decision mandating that institution than I receive a similar release from Log Cabin, with a most disingenuous headline, praising the "Defeat of Marriage Ban in Massachusetts."
  • Kos:
    While it was the courts who first granted Massachusetts residents the same marriage rights regardless of sexual orientation, this is now a legislative ratification of that decision. And given the low bar necessary to place this on the ballot (50 votes out of 200), the decision was a decisive one.

    Little by little, this country will realize that granting special rights to straight couples violates every tenet upon which this nation was founded.

  • Pam has the Freeper quotations.
  • Kris Mineau of Massachusetts Family Institute:
    The Marriage Amendment won its first legislative vote and was on track to win its second with a healthy margin. The unprecedented pressure by leaders on Beacon Hill - the rumors of patronage jobs by Governor Patrick and arm-twisting by House Speaker DiMasi - derailed the largest initiative petition drive by citizens in the Commonwealth's history and this is a brutal loss for citizen-centered democracy.

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Ellen Andersen | June 14, 2007 1:41 PM

This is terrific news! Mass Equality is reporting that the vote was 45-151, by the way. While I think it's quite possible that Massachusetts voters would have voted down the amendment, I'm really relieved that this is one fight we won't have to put huge amounts of energy and money into. Kudos to the Mass. Legislature!

Yeah, I don't know what's up with that final count. I wrote up there what was announced as the final tally by the Speaker of the Mass. House at the end of the Convention. Maybe some votes didn't get in until afterwards? I don't know.

It's good that more time and money won't be spent there, but so much already has. At least it wasn't spent in vain.

I'm still waiting for some heavily "quoted" screeds to come out of the right on this one, and I'll post those later. Those quotation marks offend me more as a copy editor than they do as a queer, lol.

Eric Georgantes | June 14, 2007 2:01 PM

It was 151 - 45, with the missing votes apparently being abstentions.

I updated the post to reflect the correct vote count. I also added the link to HRC's press release. I'm sure there will be others added - and I noticed that Alex said he'd update the post too.