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A couple favoring gay marriage comforted each other following the vote, while opponents of civil unions demonstrated. (Globe Staff Photo / David L. Ryan) More pictures from the State House  Photos from March 11
  March 29 constitutional convention

Vote ties civil unions to gay-marriage ban

(By Rick Klein, Globe Staff, 3/30/04)
The Massachusetts Legislature voted March 29 to ban gay marriage and establish civil unions, approving a proposed constitutional amendment that would reverse the Supreme Judicial Court's historic ruling that legalized same-sex marriages.
 Reilly gives governor a hurdle (By Frank Phillips and Kathleen Burge, Globe Staff, 3/30/04)
 REACTION: A battle just begun for both supporters, foes (By Kevin Joy, Globe Correspondent, 3/30/04)
 CRUCIAL MARGIN: In crucial shift, governor sways 15 in GOP to support measure (By Raphael Lewis and Yvonne Abraham, Globe Staff, 3/30/04)
 CONVENTION EXCERPTS: Lawmakers speak out, pro and con, on proposed amendment (Boston Globe, 3/30/04)
  March 11 constitutional convention

Gay-marriage ban backed, but uncertainty remains

(By Rick Klein, Globe Staff, 3/12/04)
The Massachusetts Legislature voted three times on March 11 to ban gay marriage and establish civil unions, but maneuvers by both opponents and supporters of gay marriage left it unclear whether the constitutional amendment would ever get to the voters. The House and Senate will resume their Constitutional Convention March 29, and other proposals may be considered then.
 BEHIND THE SCENES: Legislators' strategy was a leap of faith (By Yvonne Abraham, Globe Staff, 3/12/04)
 WHAT'S NEXT?: Convention may be overture to long debate (By Scott S. Greenberger, Globe Staff, 3/12/04)
 LAWMAKERS' VOICES: The debate on gay marriage, pro and con (Boston Globe, 3/12/04)
 BREAKING DEADLOCK: Vote switches by lawmakers are key to the day (By Raphael Lewis, Globe Staff, 3/12/04)
 The intricacies of convention mystify many (By Joanna Weiss and
Donovan Slack, Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent, 3/12/04)
 Romney mulls appeal to SJC (By Frank Phillips, Globe Staff, 3/12/04)
 Stay by SJC called unlikely (By Kathleen Burge and Frank Phillips, Globe Staff, 3/13/04)
 Accord said to lack firm majority (By Raphael Lewis, Globe Staff, 3/13/04)
  February 12 constitutional convention

Gridlock in marriage debate

(By Rick Klein, Globe Staff, 2/13/04)
The state's historic court decision declaring same-sex marriages legal was left intact on Feb. 12, after a deeply divided Massachusetts Legislature was forced to adjourn its constitutional convention without passing a ban on gay marriage. Legislators scheduled their next convention session for March 11.
 DEMOGRAPHICS: Vote on Travis measure shows split on gay marriage (By Scott S. Greenberger, Globe Staff, 2/13/04)
Day 1 of the first debate

In aftermath, battle for legislators grows

(By Raphael Lewis, Globe Staff, 2/14/04)
Activists on both sides of the gay marriage debate on Feb. 13 vowed to pump thousands of dollars into the campaigns of candidates who back their positions in the Legislature's constitutional convention, as strategists plot their next step.
 Romney warns of 'legal limbo' (By Rick Klein, Globe Staff, 2/14/04)
 Pace quickens on push for an amendment (By Mary Leonard, Globe Staff, 2/14/04)
 THE MEDIA: Coverage boosts state's liberal image (By Mark Jurkowitz, Globe Staff, 2/14/04)
 TENSIONS: Docket includes fence mending (By Frank Phillips, Globe Staff, 2/14/04)
 LATE-NIGHT STRATEGY: Fear, determination led to plan for filibuster (By Scott S. Greenberger, Globe Staff, 2/14/04)
 VOTING BREAKDOWN: Three viewpoints produced gridlock (By Raphael Lewis, Globe Staff, 2/14/04)
Day 2 of the debate

Ruling on gay marriage ignited a national debate

(By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff, 2/15/04)
In November, gays and lesbians celebrated a major victory, a Massachusetts court decision permitting, for the first time in US history, men to marry men and women to marry women.
 PERSONAL STORIES: Debate humanized issue, legislators (By Yvonne Abraham, Globe Staff, 2/15/04)
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