Skip to comments.Massachusetts Constitutional Convention - Live Thread
Posted on 01/02/2007 11:06:41 AM PST by pickledelf
Live streaming video of the Massachusetts ConCon:
WBZ radio a sec ago: "Lawmakers put an effort to ban gay marriage one step closer to the ballot box"
That is MORE BS from this legislature. That vote should count!
via WBZ: "Prop. gay marriage ban very alive for now as lawmakers allow it to appear on the ballot."
"Trav took everyone by surprise--went straight to a vote--
req. only 50 votes in favor, amendment got 61 votes, that's
a comfortable margin. (BUT!!!) Then lawmakers voted to RECONSIDER
after an hour request".
So, they decided not to decide, for now. John Kerry would
be proud...flip flop flip flop flip
we'll prob. be talking about this on the Howie Carr live thread as well.
I do not like this new governor. He is asking the legislature to violate the Mass Constitution and their oath of office. That is so very "liberal" and wrong!
Devil is going to be in for a nightmare, too. The revenue forecast is for a big deficit and here we have a new governor who has a few new expensive programs. He is beholden to the teacher's union to reduce class sizes and he wants to help illegals with their education.
That's a shocker! Good news though. Why didn't they recess again? Were they afraid that Mitt was going to be mean to them?
Yep, resuscitated daily, a living-breathing document.
Either we are equal or we are not. Good people ought to be armed where they will, with wits and guns. NRA KMA
I've been deconstructing your screen name and I think I've got it: You were making New Year's resolutions yesterday and number one was "pickle self" but you kept on trying until you finished the 6-pack and then when you signed in this morning, your finger slid off the "s" right on to the "d", right?
I guess: stewed shorty.
This is a big deal, right? I can't remember a Constitutional Convention ever. Is this a warm up for what the Dems want to do for the whole USA to eliminate that pesky second ammendment (and trim down the 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th while at it)?
Unfortunately this thread is a total insider one. I live in Washington state and have seen no coverage of this, or the issues being voted on, or why it came about.
Could some kind freeper please take pity on me (and other uninformed readers) and post or link to a summary of what is going on out there.
THANKS IN ADVANCE. -JB
Do we have a roll call of the Votes?
This is a Massachusetts thing. Our state constitution allows citizens to gather a petition drive to amend the constitution. If they get a certain number of signatures, the legislature must vote at least 50/200 in favor in two consecutive annual sessions (the constitutional convention), at which point the issue moves to the ballot. The state constitution requires that the legislature vote on the petitions and recently the liberal MA supreme court (the same one that gave us "gay marriage") ruled unanimously that the plain language of the constitution means what it says. The advocates of gay marriage were attempting to get around this by recessing the convention (which requires only 101 votes, rather than the 151 needed to knock out the amendment fair and square) in the name of "equality" and "rights." However, they failed this time and therefore the amendment to ban so-called gay marriage in Massachusetts will continue to the next step (a second vote in the legislature next year).
www.voteonmarriage.org is the site of the group behind this initiative petition.