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A Long Afternoon in Boston



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BOSTON –Lawmakers in Massachusetts, the only state where gay marriage is legal, on Tuesday voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, a critical step toward putting the measure the 2008 ballot.

The proposed amendment, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman but ban future gay marriages, still needs approval of the next legislative session before it can go onto the ballot.

Gay marriage supporters lost a bid to use parliamentary moves to reverse the vote, which came without debate immediately after Senate President Robert Travaglini officially opened the joint session.

Lawmakers recessed for an hour, returned and agreed to reconsider, but backers of the amendment still had plenty of support to move the proposal to the next session


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