Quantcast
About this site
About us
Our beliefs
Your first visit?
Contact us
External links
Good books
Visitor essays
Our forum
New essays
Other features
Buy a CD
Vital notes

World religions
BUDDHISM
 
CHRISTIANITY
Who is a Christian?
Shared beliefs
Handle change
Bible topics
Bible inerrancy
Bible harmony
Interpret Bible
Persons
Beliefs, creeds
Da Vinci code
Revelation, 666
Denominations
 
HINDUISM
ISLAM
JUDAISM
WICCA / WITCHCRAFT
Other religions
Cults and NRMs
Comparing religions

Non-theistic...
Atheism
Agnosticism
Humanism
Other

About all religions
Main topics
Basic info.
Gods/Goddesses
Handling change
Doubt/security
Quotes
Movies
Confusing terms
Glossary
World's end
True religion?
Seasonal topics
Science/Religion
More info.

Spiritual/ethics
Spirituality
Morality/ethics
Absolute truth

Peace/conflict
Attaining peace
Religious tolerance
Religious hatred
Religious conflict
Religious violence

"Hot" topics
Very hot topics
Ten Commandments
Abortion
Assisted suicide
Cloning
Death penalty
Environment
Homosexuality
Gay marriage
Nudism
Origins
Sex & gender
Sin
Spanking kids
Stem cells
Women-rights
Other topics

Laws and news
Religious laws
Religious news

Sponsored links

 

!!!!!!!! Search error!  If the URL ends something like .htm/  or .htm# delete the character(s) after .htm and hit return.

Same-sex marriage (SSM) in Massachusetts

Activity during 2007-JAN


Sponsored link.


Events during 2007:

  • 2007-JAN-02: ConCon: The lawmakers met again forming a Constitutional Convention with a joint session of the Legislature. Over two-thirds of the legislature voted for marriage equality (62 for the amendment and 134 against.) But a 75% vote is required to stop the process. The amendment thus advanced to receive its final review during the next legislative session. If it passed this stage, it would have been placed on the 2008 ballot. 1
  • 2007-JUN-14: ConCon: By an overwhelming vote of 151 to 45, lawmakers in a joint session of the  Massachusetts legislature defeated the proposed constitutional amendment to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Only 50 votes (25% of the legislators) had been needed to place it on the 2008 ballot. Supporters of restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples believed that they had 57 votes against marriage equality. House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, Senate President Therese Murray, and Governor Deval Patrick -- along with gay rights activists -- intensely lobbied about a dozen representatives and senators who had previously supported the amendment but who indicated that they were open to changing their positions.

    The next ballot opportunity for religious and social conservatives to defeat marriage equality in the state will not appear until 2012.

    Responses were mixed, as expected:

    • Mona Passignano, state issues analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said: "For all the believers out there who are utterly devastated by what transpired today in the Massachusetts Legislature, I want you to think about the old sermon: 'It's Friday, But Sunday's Comin','  When everything seems lost, and your opponents are strutting around rejoicing, remember: it's only Friday, Sunday is coming." 2

    • MassEquality had mounted a media campaign with the slogan "It's wrong to vote on rights." On their home page, they stated:
      "We won! ... Thanks to you, the Massachusetts Legislature has beaten back the discriminatory, anti-gay, anti-marriage Constitutional amendment. The final 151 to 45 vote happened because of the leadership of Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Senate President Terry Murray and House Speaker Sal DiMasi, who worked tirelessly to defeat this amendment. Thanks to them, our strong group of legislative allies and the courageous new allies who realized that no one's civil rights should be placed on a public ballot, all Massachusetts families are stronger and safer today." 3
    • Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, issued a statement saying:
      "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 derailed the largest initiative petition drive by citizens in the Commonwealth's history. ... God is still in control. Though the fig tree does not blossom, though there be no fruit on the vine, we're going to press on. ... We will look very closely at the circumstances by which legislators switched their vote for ethics violations or improprieties. 2
    • Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued a press release stating:
      "We're proud of our state today, and we applaud the legislature for showing that Massachusetts is strongly behind fairness. Equality for gay and lesbian citizens has enriched our state, made our communities stronger, and our families happier. The vote today was the triumph of time, experience, and understanding over fear and prejudice. We are deeply grateful to all the legislators who have been with us every step of the way, as well as to those who found their way to a vote for fairness. We thank Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Sal DiMasi, for their courageous leadership. We salute every citizen, gay and straight, who fought for this victory, led by our talented, hard-working friends at MassEquality." 4
       
    • Former Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican candidate president, said that the action by the Legislature is:
      "... a regrettable setback. ... Marriage is an institution that goes to the heart of our society, and our leaders can no longer abdicate their responsibility."
      He emphasized the need for a national constitutional amendment restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples. 2

References:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Legislature votes on marriage; Victory!," Massachusetts Family Institute, 2007-JAN/FEB.
  2. Jennifer Mesko, "Massachusetts Lawmakers Silence Voters on Marriage," Focus on the Family Action, 2007-JUN-14, at: http://www.citizenlink.org/
  3. "Thank you Massachusetts!," Mass Equality, 2007-JUN-14, at: http://www.massequality.org/
  4. "GLAD Cheers Defeat of Anti-Gay, Anti-Marriage Equality Measure," Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), 2007-JUN-14, at: http://www.glad.org/ This is a PDF file. You may require software to read it. Software can be obtained free from: 

Site navigation: Home > Homosexuality > Same-sex marriage > Massachusetts > here


Copyright © 2004 to 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2004-MAY
Latest update: 2008-OCT-03
Author: B.A. Robinson

line.gif (538 bytes)


Go to the previous page, or go to the Mass. same-sex marriage menu or choose:

Google
Web ReligiousTolerance.org

Go to home page  We would really appreciate your help

E-mail us about errors, etc.  Purchase a CD of this web site

FreeFind search, lists of new essays...  Having problems printing our essays?


Twitter link

Facebook icon

Google Page Translator:

This page translator works on Firefox,
Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only

After translating, click on the "show
original" button at the top of this
page to restore page to English.

 
Sponsored link: