Mass. Blocks Anti-Gay Vote (Again)

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For those of you who don’t have amnesia (see below), you probably recall our posting yesterday on how politicians in Massachusetts were again trying to put the smackdown on the state’s gay-marriage laws. If not, click here before reading on.

Despite soon-to-be ex-Governor Mitt Romney‘s objections (and 170,000 signatures), the legislature decided that they needed a bit of recess and went on their merry way before the vote could be called. We’ll let The Boston Globe do the talking:

The House and Senate, meeting in a special joint session, voted to recess before taking up a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would limit the legal definition of marriage to the union of one man and one woman. Lawmakers voted to adjourn the session until Jan. 2, the last official day of the session.

The 109-87 vote to recess dealt a crushing blow to opponents of same-sex marriage looking to override the landmark court decision three years ago that put Massachusetts on the vanguard of gay rights.

What do Globe staffers Andrea Estes and Scott Helman mean when they say “crushing blow”? They mean that by state law, a vote can only be put up three times. If none of the suggested votes take, said law goes to legislative heaven (although, we think that this particular vote may have gone to legislative hell…if such a thing exists).

Estes and Helman elaborate:

Shortly after the vote, Romney called a press conference and blasted the 109 lawmakers who voted to recess, saying “we have witnessed the triumph of arrogance over democracy.”

“Today, by effectively avoiding the constitutionally required vote on same-sex marriage, 109 legislators disgraced their oath of office,” Romney said, adding that it was clear the intent was to kill the measure altogether.

Um, yeah, it would seem that way, Mitt.