Marriage Debate Continues in Mass.

Today in Massachusetts, House and Senate lawmakers are meeting in a joint “constitutional convention” to debate, among several other things, a ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Earlier this week, the same court that legalized marriage equality in Massachusetts ruled that if approved by legislature, the ban could be placed before voters in 2008.

If today the measure gets just 50 votes—which would be one quarter of the 200 lawmakers—it will move to next year’s legislative session. There, it will need another 50 votes in order to make it to the ballot.

UPDATE: As the commenter, soxfan said, lawmakers didn't get to the issue. The joint legislative session voted to recess until two days after Election Day.


At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Mavis said...

This is confusing for me -- is marriage for same sex couples legal in Massachusetts or not? Can the legislature just go and turn that around?

At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Todd said...

Marriage is legal for same-sex couples currently. This process would add a constitutional amendment taking away that right.

The amendment, however, would not be retroactive. Couples already married in Massachusetts would not be "unmarried."

Talk about bizarre.

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Ingrid Ankerson said...

Thanks Todd for clarifying.

At 6:08 PM, Blogger soxfan said...

Bizarre is right. I've been married two years now, and there's no sign of the Apocalypse yet. Maybe my wife and I just need to try harder.

No vote today, btw -- the legislature chose to debate other items first, and recessed the convention until Nov. 9.


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