A drive to constitutionally ban same sex marriages failed when the Massachusetts State Senate and House voted 137 to 53 in joint session, to adjourn without voting on the measure.
A state constitutional convention was held, after right wing groups collected enough signatures to initiate the process of amending the state constitution to ban same sex marriages, and deny same sex couples all the legal rights and privileges reserved for marriage. But the Massachusetts House and Senate voted to adjourn immediately after the session began without voting, thereby blocking passage of the amendment.
Spokesman for Massachusetts Citizens for Marriage, James Lafferty, which had backed the amendment, said afterward that leaders of the Massachusetts statehouse had "once again blocked the people of Massachusetts out of the process."
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