The Massachusetts Legislature killed a measure for a proposed constitutional ban on Gay Marriage today; the measure had support from less than 50 legislators meaning the next time this issue could come up for a vote is 2012.
While it was the courts that effectively grantedÃ‚Â gays and lesbians the right to marry in Massachusetts, this marks a legislative victory forÃ‚Â gay marriage as well (and one supported by Deval Patrick,Ã‚Â the new governor of Massachusetts, who is alsoÃ‚Â an African-AmericanÃ‚Â in case you didn’t know Rep. DeVore).
My question: a gay couple legally marry in Massachusetts and a straight couple legally marry in Massachusetts; both move to Orange County.Ã‚Â Are both marriages still legal?
From the Daily Kos…..
A proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was defeated today by a joint session of the Legislature by a vote of 151 to 45, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008. The measure needed at least 50 votes to advance.
The vote came after House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, Senate President Therese Murray, and Governor Deval Patrick conferred this morning and concluded that they have the votes to kill the proposal.
“In Massachusetts today, the freedom to marry is secure,” Patrick told reporters after the vote.
The three leaders – along with gay rights activists – spent the last several days intensely lobbying a dozen or more state representatives and state senators who had previously supported the amendment but signaled that they were open to changing their positions.
Because fewer than 50 of the state’s 200 lawmakers supported the amendment, it will not appear on the 2008 ballot, giving gay marriage advocates a major victory in their battle with social conservatives to keep same-sex marriage legal in Massachusetts.
Opponents of gay marriage face an increasingly tough battle to win legislative approval of any future petitions to appear on a statewide ballot. The next election available to them is 2012.