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Marriage amendment defeated

Hundreds of traditional marriage supporters line Beacon Street across from the Statehouse prior to the June 14 vote. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

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BOSTON -- Traditional marriage advocates are vowing to continue the battle for cultural values in Massachusetts, despite the recent defeat of the marriage amendment. On June 14, state legislators voted 151 to 45 in opposition to the marriage amendment, which would have defined marriage as the union between one man and one woman in the Commonwealth’s constitution. The amendment fell just 5 votes shy of the 50 votes necessary for it to appear on the 2008 ballot.

“We are regrouping and laying out a new strategy in the battle for marriage, and of course we are working in very close relationship with Catholic Citizenship,” said Kris Mineau, spokesman for VoteOnMarriage.org, the campaign behind the amendment. “One of the areas that we are looking at very closely with our legal council is the allegations of bribery, political rewards and patronage job offers. Those rumors were circulating widely for the last three to four weeks.”

Mineau accused Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, of confessing to bribery in a July 14 Boston Globe article in which she said, “It’s very frustrating because legislators keep upping the ante on what they want to get for their votes.”

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