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BOSTON, June 14 — Same-sex marriage will continue to be legal in Massachusetts, after proponents in both houses won a pitched months-long battle on Thursday to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Deval Patrick said after the legislature voted to 45 against the amendment, which needed 50 favorable votes to come before voters in a referendum in November The vote means that opponents would have to start from Square 1 to sponsor a new amendment, which could not get on the ballot before Massachusetts is the only state where same-sex marriage is legal, although five states allow civil unions or the equivalent. As late as a couple of hours before the 1 p.
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Thinking of Getting Married in Massachusetts? | American Civil Liberties Union

Goodridge v. The November 18, , decision was the first by a U. Despite numerous attempts to delay the ruling, and to reverse it, the first marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples on May 17, , and the ruling has been in full effect since that date. All the plaintiffs had been in long-term relationships with their partners and four of the couples were raising a total of five children. The Department's responsibilities included setting policies under which city and town clerks issue marriage licenses. He wrote: "While this court understands the reasons for the plaintiffs' request to reverse the Commonwealth's centuries-old legal tradition of restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples, their request should be directed to the Legislature, not the courts".
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Same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. Department of Public Health that it was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts Constitution to allow only opposite-sex couples to marry. Massachusetts became the sixth jurisdiction in the world after the Netherlands , Belgium , Ontario , British Columbia , and Quebec to legalize same-sex marriage. It was the first U. In , passing legislation first proposed in , Massachusetts prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in credit, public and private employment, union practices, housing, and public accommodation.
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Here's what you should know this afternoon:. Scroll down for more on those and other stories Patch has been covering in Massachusetts today. Monday's Vatican decree to bar gay unions has been quietly accepted by dioceses across Massachusetts. But the issue continues to divide parishes.
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