Why else would they vote down a measure that would simply put it on the ballot? They’re calling it a victory for marriage “equality.”
A proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was swiftly defeated today by a joint session of the Legislature by a vote of 45 to 151, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008. The measure needed at least 50 votes to advance.
The vote came without debate 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.
“Today’s vote was not just a victory for marriage equality, it was a victory for equality itself,” Patrick told reporters as cheers echoed in the State House. “Whenever we affirm the equality of anyone, we affirm the equality of everyone.”
Just a side note for Mr. Patrick: Psst, we are not all equal. But nevermind that and nevermind that homosexuals already have the same equal marriage rights as heterosexuals. What they are demanding are special rights and a re-writing of the Bible to fit their personal preference.
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.
Fear truly is the mother of necessity. Fearful, desparate necessity in this case.
Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute responds:
“The Marriage Amendment won its first legislative vote and was on track to win its second with a healthy margin,” he said. “The unprecedented pressure by leaders on Beacon Hill … derailed the largest initiative petition drive by citizens in the Commonwealth’s history.
“God is still in control,” he told Family News in Focus. “Though the fig tree does not blossom, though there be no fruit on the vine, we’re going to press on.”
Allegations of bribery by the governor and arm-twisting by the House speaker as a means of pressuring legislators to switch their vote have been reported widely in the press in recent weeks.
“We will look very closely at the circumstances by which legislators switched their vote for ethics violations or improprieties,” Mineau said.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins exposes the conspiracy to deny voters the chance to voice their opinion:
The 170,000 citizens in Massachusetts who signed petitions calling for a vote on marriage have been spurned by their legislators who faced unrelenting pressure from Governor Patrick, and national politicians such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The three branches of government in Massachusetts successfully conspired to deny the people their right to vote. One marriage petitioner, who was harassed and threatened by advocates of same-sex “marriage,” said, “The Iraqi people have been allowed to vote three times and we [the people of Massachusetts] have not been allowed to vote even once.” This only means the citizens of the Bay State will have that right to vote delayed even further.
The legislature’s obstruction of the democratic process further deepens the threat to marriage, ensuring this will remain a key issue to values voters in the presidential race. I call on all of our national leaders to declare how they will lead to protect marriage. The need for a Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is now clearer than ever before.
The good that I see in this is that the pro-family cause has all the momentum, despite this minor setback. Unfortunately, gay advocates are too fearful to put the issue on the ballot. Causing even more fear for homosexual marriages is the tick-tock of the clock until the year 2012 when, God-willing, their unbiblical unions will expire, unless Massachusettes citizens can eliminate this attack on families before. After Massachusetts, pro-family forces across the nation will be even more motivated to pursue a federal amendment protecting marriage. Despite the shameless games and political maneuvers, the fight will go on, and will more than likely become a key issue in the 2008 elections.