San Francisco Chronicle:
Amid a pep-rally atmosphere, Massachusetts legislators overwhelmingly rejected an attempt to halt same-sex marriages Wednesday -- showing how quickly gay nuptials have moved from being a court-ordered imposition to a powerful political cause.
By a vote of 157-39, lawmakers voted down a proposed constitutional amendment that would have eliminated the same-sex marriages legalized two years ago and replaced them with 'civil unions' for gay couples.
Instead, the vote leaves same-sex marriage as the status quo in Massachusetts, and it now seems likely to remain so until at least 2008.
While I think it a bad legal argument that equal treatment requires acceptance of homosexual marriage, I continue to believe that it is good policy. Massachusetts is certainly useful in demonstrating that gay marriage won't end all life on earth.
The strength of this vote does a lot to show that even if the Massachusetts supreme court got the legal argument wrong, they may well have done a good thing anyway.