A joint legislative session resulted in an overwhelming defeat (157-39) of the Mass. proposal to ban marriage to same-sex couples and replace the right to marry with civil unions. The measure will not continue on to the ballot and to voters.FUCK YEAH!
Legislators who had initially supported the measure said "they no longer felt right about denying the rights of marriage to same-sex couples." Republican Sen. Brian Lees said, "Gay marriage has begun, and life has not changed for the citizens of the commonwealth, with the exception of those who can now marry." Lees who felt the measure was an appropriate compromise a year ago feels the measure is no longer a compromise today. Many lawmakers, after witnessing the rewards of marriage equality this past year, no longer oppose it.
THANK YOU, MASS EQUALITY & THE CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH!