Upholding the constitution

Upholding the constitution

There may be political hope for Massachusetts yet (although it’s a pathetic sort of hope that laps up such scraps as these.) The previous state Senate president, Robert Travaglini, has resigned his office to take up a job running a group of hospitals and his successor is the first woman Senate president, blah, blah, blah, Democrat Sen. Therese Murray.

Murray is a conventional liberal a supporter of same-sex marriage. But she says she won’t kowtow to those calling for a violation of the state Constitution. While she will still vote against a constitutional amendment to protect marriage as being between one man and one woman, she will not use parliamentary trickery to subvert her constitutional duty.

“My vote is going to be just what it was the last time, but I am not going to move to adjourn,” Murray said, speaking with reporters on her way into a Senate session a day after she was elected to succeed Robert E. Travaglini as Senate leader. “I will call for a vote, and I will try to help the advocates get the votes that they need. … I think it’s important that we vote.”

The amendment process

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Domenico Bettinelli