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Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Trav: Votes not in Place for Gay Marriage Amendment

The Mass Senate President says the votes aren't lined up to pass a state Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as of yet, though they may be by the time the Constitutional Convention reconvenes on March 11. I've been more optimistic about this all along than some of my fellow pro-gay marriage folks. There remain three factions: no gay marriage and no civil unions, no gay marriage and yes civil unions, and yes gay marriage. None of the three has a majority. If the two "no gay marriage" factions can't make a compromise on the civil union issue, or if the middle-ground folks can't convince enough gay marriage supporters to settle for civil unions, no amendment will pass.