I know, it’s already been reported, but I figure if there’s a time to do all-caps, it’s now. I was at the State House, just outside the gallery when the vote came down. I saw John Walsh, who gave the news — 151-45; it’s over.
Later this afternoon, I’ll have audio of the raucous, jubilant reception that Deval Patrick, Sal DiMasi and Terry Murray received, along with a few dozen legislators on the staircase.
Today’s a great day in Massachusetts.
Here’s Terry Murray speaking (w/o amplification, unfortunately).
Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei. Thanks to CDinBoston — I knew someone would know …
I had a chance to talk to a couple of pols whom I’ve met before. Sen. Jarrett Barrios congratulated the grassroots effort, saying it made a big difference — citing this diary in particular. Carl Sciortino was enjoying the moment, embraced by a clergywoman in a rainbow sash. “It’s really an amazing moment. It’s sort of unreal still that it’s over. I’m sure tomorrow I’ll process it.” Jamie Eldridge looked beyond the borders of our fair Commonwealth: “We’ve been working on this for four years now, so, I’m so happy that we finally know that gay marriage is legal now in Massachusetts and hopefully it’ll spread across the rest of the country.”