He called the amendment "wrong-hearted and wrong-headed" and defended the procedure: I am very proud to be mayor of this city today. Windsorthe case which brought an end to a federal ban on same-sex marriage. It took effect immediately. When recognizing marriages entered into after the adoption of this amendment by the people, the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall define marriage only as the union of one man and one woman. Retrieved February 13, It called the difference between the terms marriage and civil union "a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status.
Freedom to Marry was the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
Looking back at the legalization of gay marriage in Mass.
Org announced it would attempt to unseat legislators who had switched sides to defeat the amendment. One week later, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was sworn in as special Retrieved October 3, The administration said that earlier reports had been premature. Housing and mortgages for gay and lesbian couplesMortgage Loan. Retrieved July 10,
Archived from the original on October 10, Attorney General Reilly certified the language and format of petitions as valid on September 7, Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. Archived from the original on September 22, Civil unions weren't acceptable to the gay community in Massachusetts.