15 September 2005

Gay Marriage upheld in Massachusets 157 - 39

Massachusetts legislature rejects gay marriage ban - Constitutional amendent rejected 157-39

The vote means Massachusetts will remain the only state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed.

A year after lawmakers appeared destined to undo a court order that has allowed thousands of same-sex couples to marry since May 17, 2004, the Legislature voted 157-39 against the proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday.

The state's highest court ruled in November 2003 that same-sex couples had a right under the state constitution to marry.

Connecticut, Vermont, and California all now have civil unions in place in their states.
Earlier this month, California lawmakers passed a measure legalizing same-sex marriage, though Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will veto it. He would rather have it decided by the courts (which makes no sense whatsoever).

[AP Newswire]

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