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Massachusetts Moves Farther from God’s Covenant of Marriage

Posted by thelamp on November 16, 2006

Massachusetts is the only state in America where it is legal to defy God’s definition of marriage. The travesty grows. Efforts to override the egregious 2003 court ruling and restore the only biblically sanctioned union – between a man and a woman – were dealt what appeared to be a fatal blow last week. A proposed constitutional amendment to preserve traditional marriage died in the state legislature.

In a flurry of strategic maneuvering, supporters of marriage between people of the same gender managed to persuade enough legislators to vote for recessing a constitutional convention until the afternoon of Jan. 2, the last day of the legislative session.

On that day, it’s expected that the legislature will simply adjourn without voting on the measure, effectively killing it. Unfortunately for Bible believers who have been diligently working to dismantle the results of homosexual activists, for all intents and purposes, the debate has ended.

The prevailing attitude among lawmakers seems to be that the issue of marriage has been discussed enough. Until last week, the marriage protection amendment had a promising change of garnering the 50 votes required from the 200 legislators as the first step toward making same-sex marriages illegal.

Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican who opposes same-sex marriage, said that he would “explore any alternatives” to try to force a vote. Still, he conceded that his options are limited.

Members of the Center for Moral Clarity living in Massachusetts are encouraged to send an e-mail to Gov. Romney and urge him not to throw in the towel. Marriage is worth fighting for, right up until the last minute of the legislative session. This could be the governor’s last – and most memorable – official contribution to the state. Last week’s blow to marriage came two days after Massachusetts voters elected Deval L. Patrick, a same-sex marriage supporter, as the state’s first Democratic governor in 16 years.

The fact that the amendment had enough supporters to pass the first 50-vote round is worth noting. It indicates that the issue of same-sex marriage remains divisive three years after the state’s highest court ruled that such marriages were constitutional. Perhaps there is still hope for Massachusetts.

Despite the setback, the Center for Moral Clarity applauds the perseverance of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which gathered 170,000 petition signatures to bring the amendment before the legislature.

Polls have generally found that just more than half of the state’s citizens support same-sex marriage, but about the same number wanted the constitutional amendment to come before voters.

The 170,000 people who signed the petition seeking a referendum deserve the right to be heard.



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