By a vote of 100-91 (roll call available here), the ConCon has voted to adjourn until November 9 – two days after the Nov. 7 general election – without taking any action on the marriage amendment. Seems to me that this doesn’t really change much, since there’s no reason they can’t vote on the amendments in November instead of now – except that legislators in this session now will not be held to account for their votes on marriage, since we won’t actually know what they are until it’s too late. To some degree, it also makes gay marriage a less significant issue in the gubernatorial race, since nothing will happen until the race is over – although of course the Governor doesn’t have any direct role in this process anyway. [Update] On the other hand, as a couple of commenters have noted, it does make it pretty easy for Kerry Healey to continue her campaign of running as a check on an irresponsible legislature.
So it’s kind of a chickenshit move by the legislature, but there you go. In any event, there were really only two actions taken of any importance today: killing the health care amendment without a vote (you can see the roll call vote here – thanks rollbiz!), and advancing the “no excuse” absentee voting proposal to the next legislative session.
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