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avoids constitutional marriage ban proposal

Massachusetts
avoids constitutional marriage ban proposal

Massachusetts lawmakers recessed a constitutional convention on Thursday without taking a formal stand on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage

Massachusetts lawmakers on Thursday again avoided taking a formal stand on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, recessing a constitutional convention instead of taking up the thorny issue. If legislators do not vote on the measure before the next legislature takes office in January, the measure will have no chance of appearing on the November 2008 ballot.

Lawmakers voted 196-0 to reject a proposed amendment that would invalidate thousands of same-sex marriages already conducted, but they decided to recess without voting on another measure that would ban such marriages only after the law was enacted. Supporters of the less restrictive measure, the subject of a petition drive, accused same-sex marriage supporters of using the more punitive question to draw attention away from their own. (AP)

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