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Friday, November 10, 2006

Gain for Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts
Photo: Jodi Hilton for The New York Times
By PAM BELLUCK

Rachel Rubin, carrying sign, joined supporters of same-sex marriage Thursday as they sang at a rally at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

BOSTON, Nov. 9 — Lawmakers in Massachusetts, the only state where same-sex marriage is legal, dealt what appeared to be a fatal blow Thursday to a proposed constitutional amendment to ban it.

In a flurry of strategic maneuvering, supporters of same-sex marriage managed to persuade enough legislators to vote to recess a constitutional convention until the afternoon of Jan. 2, the last day of the legislative session.

“What members are expecting is that the majority of constituents are going to say, ‘Thank you, we’re glad it’s over, we think it has been discussed enough.’ ”

On that day, lawmakers and advocates on both sides said, it appeared likely that the legislature would adjourn without voting on the measure, killing it.

“For all intents and purposes, the debate has ended,” said Representative Byron Rushing, a Boston Democrat and the assistant majority leader...continue at The New York Times?


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