45 members voted “yes.” 151 voted “no.” And with that, a mean-spirited constitutional amendment that would have helped no one, and hurt a lot of people, suffered a well-deserved death. And it did so without parliamentary tricks — rather, it did so through an open constitutional process, exactly as envisioned by the drafters of Article 48. No one — repeat, NO ONE — can question the legitimacy of this wretched amendment’s being kept off the ballot. We have a system; the system worked.
We’ll post roll-calls when we get them — if anyone has them, drop ’em in the comments.
Hearty congratulations to all who poured their hearts and souls into defeating the anti-marriage amendment. Kudos in particular to the folks at MassEquality, whose tireless hard work paid off today.