September 14, 2005

Same-sex marriage ban nixed in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts legislature has overwhelmingly voted against a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriages and replaced them with civil unions. In a joint session, legislators from both houses rejected the measure by a 157-39 vote.

Today's vote kills the proposed amendment, which had to be approved by two successive sessions of the legislature. It was also a turnaround from the vote in the last session, which approved the amendment on a 105-92 vote.

Efforts to end same-sex marriages in the state are far from over, however. Opponents are attempting to launch another amendment that would not only bar same-sex marriages, but civil unions as well. The earliest that can come to a vote is November 2008.

Via AP.

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