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It’s a sad day for homophobes everywhere.

A proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was defeated today by a joint session of the [Massachusetts] Legislature by a vote of 45 to 151, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008. At least 50 votes were needed to advance the measure.


Because fewer than 50 of the state's 200 lawmakers supported the amendment, it will not appear on the 2008 ballot, giving gay marriage advocates a major victory in their battle with social conservatives to keep same-sex marriage legal in Massachusetts.

(--the Boston Globe, via Pandagon)

And the bigots won't be able to make a run at stripping basic rights from people in Massachusetts until 2012, either. It's just unfair that they can't strip civil liberties from a class of people they personally disapprove of (or are trying frantically to pretend they are not part of. The intersection between the sets of right-wing fundamentalist preachers and pathetic closet cases is impressively large) for another five years.

Tch tch tch. How will the state of Massachusetts live with itself? Losing the respect of a bunch of hate-filled bigots must make everyone in the state so sad that they can hardly keep from falling down laughing in the middle of the street.