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Massachusetts legislature to mull banning SSM after election

A Constitutional Convention over whether to ban same sex marriage is planned for November 9th in the Bay State, and both sides claim that they are going to win. Opponents of marriage equality gathered 170K sigs petitioning to define marriage as “the union of one man and one woman.”

To add to the excitement, we’ve got four of Ratzi’s boys bleating away, as well as evangelical and black churches led by homobigoted pastors. Other religious leaders are chiming in to oppose the bigots. (

The bishops, including Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, are also urging Catholics to go to the State House Nov. 9, the date the vote is scheduled, to voice their support for restricting marriage to heterosexual couples. The letter asks Catholics to “pray for success on this critical vote.”

But religious supporters of same-sex marriage are fighting back. They have printed thousands of copies of a brochure titled, “Why We Don’t Vote on Civil Rights,” for distribution in churches and synagogues. They are also preparing to publish newspaper ads signed by a group of lay Catholics declaring that O’Malley doesn’t speak for them on the issue of marriage.

Supporters of the amendment need votes from 25 percent of the Legislature in two successive sessions to put the question before voters; some gay-marriage backers have discussed walking out of the convention to derail the amendment.

…”The archdiocese and the religious right who are trying to ban marriage equality are doing it from a religious perspective, and they’re trying to impose their beliefs on the rest of us, who don’t share them,” said Rabbi Devon A. Lerner, executive director of the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry.

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