Amazing, good news. It looks like gay marriage in Massachusetts is likely to stand, without a challenging amendment (BGlobe):
“The effort to bring a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to voters in November 2006 suffered a major setback yesterday with departure of House Speaker Thomas M. Finneran and the elevation of Salvatore F. DiMasi, whose arrival is expected to shift the Massachusetts legislative agenda to the left on social issues such as gay rights, abortion, and stem cell research.
A key legislative backer of the proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage and establish civil unions yesterday all but declared defeat, saying that Finneran’s exit from Beacon Hill was the final straw in an effort that already was in trouble because the state has legalized same-sex marriage with little of the uproar predicted by opponents.
‘It is pretty much over,’ said Senate minority leader Brian P. Lees, a Springfield Republican who cosponsored the amendment with Finneran and Senate President Robert E. Travaglini. The House and Senate, sitting in a constitutional convention, must vote a second time in the next session before it could go to the voters on the 2006 ballot.
‘In fact, there will be a question as to whether the issue will come up at all,’ Lees said. He said the issue has faded to the ‘back burners of Massachusetts politics,’ because few problems have surfaced with the implementation of the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage.”
And now, what will all the rest of the naysayers in other states make of this? The world didn’t come to an end.