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Posted: 4/2/2004

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To say that all was lost at the March 29 constitutional convention would perhaps be an overstatement.

The Catholic position on partnership rights for homosexual unions is clear and, after four months of full-fledged battle, should be well known: Civil unions are not good for society for most of the same reasons same-sex marriage is not good for society.

But we recognize that, after the choice came down to the compromise amendment including civil unions or no amendment at all, those willing to defend marriage found themselves between a rock and a hard place. By finally approving an amendment, the Legislature sent a message to society that not just any relationship — even if loving and committed — deserves the title of marriage. But compounded with the creation of civil unions, this is a small victory.

The decision, however, provides a framework on which to continue building. As of press time, Gov. Mitt Romney had announced his intention to request the Supreme Judicial Court to stay its Goodridge ruling instituting same-sex marriage. We applaud the governor’s efforts to avoid the chaos that could result if marriage licenses are issued in May only to be revoked in 2006.

Perhaps the greatest victory in all this process has been the awakening of the consciences of so many people who are coming to the realization that the traditional moral parameters of our society are being shaken. Informed political action is essential to defend the foundations of our society if we wish to preserve them for the next generation.