Wow, looks like politicians actually voted with their hearts this time, and struck down a proposal that would have replaced gay marriages with civil unions.
Color me shocked and pleasantly surprised.
From the Wash Post:
A year after lawmakers appeared destined to undo a court order that has allowed thousands of same-sex couples to marry since May 17, 2004, the Legislature voted 157-39 against the proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday.
Lawmakers were required to approve it in two consecutive sessions before the proposal could move to the statewide ballot in 2006 for a final decision by voters. The measure, which would have allowed Vermont-style civil unions, won passage by a 105-92 last year.
Did you see those numbers? In the first session they voted for the amendment 105-92. This time it was defeated 157-39. That’s a HUGE swing.
The reason this was defeated comes from a Republican:
“Gay marriage has begun, and life has not changed for the citizens of the commonwealth, with the exception of those who can now marry,” said state Sen. Brian Lees, a Republican who had been a co-sponsor of the amendment. “This amendment which was an appropriate measure or compromise a year ago, is no longer, I feel, a compromise today.”
All of that fear the religious right peddled, saying that the very institution of marriage was at stake, is proving to be wrong and it’s incredibly obvious.
Remember people, marriage is about love and if two adults want to make a committment to each other and enjoy the same rights and benefits as everybody else, then why stop them?
Sincerely, I ask everybody here, why would you stop them?