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Gov.-Elect Patrick Worked the Phones Against a Vote

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AP :

Lawmakers in Massachusetts, the only state where gay marriage is legal, voted Tuesday to allow a proposed constitutional amendment to move forward that would effectively ban it.

The amendment’s backers had collected 170,000 signatures to get a question on the 2008 ballot asking voters to declare marriage to be between a man and a woman, but they still needed the approval of two consecutive legislatures.

Gov.-elect Deval Patrick had urged lawmakers not to vote on it Tuesday, which would have effectively killed it.


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