Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2007 1:58 PM
Subject: BULLETIN: Same-Sex marriage preserved in Massachusetts vote
Brothers and Sisters,
Early this afternoon, a motion to advance a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was defeated by the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention. The vote was 151 against the amendment and 45 for. As a citizen-generated initiative, it needed at least 50 votes out of 200 members of the joint session of the legislature to get on the ballot.
Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts is safe for now.
Do remember that same-sex married couples in Massachusetts do not enjoy any federal rights because of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. And at present, only gay residents from a few other states can go to Massachusetts to get married unless they repeal a 1913 law barring out-of-state couples from obtaining marriage licenses there if their home states will not recognize it.
But for now, a great victory in our struggle.