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Patrick hails gay marriage vote, encourages collaboration with Army researchers

Posted by John C. Drake June 15, 2007 01:56 PM

Governor Deval Patrick called yesterday's defeat of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage "a helpful outcome," saying getting past the divisive issue will allow time to focus on other "more pressing issues."

Patrick spoke to reporters today after touring the Army's Soldier Systems Center in Natick.

"There was a decisive vote in favor of laying to rest the question of marriage equality and moving on," he said. "There are many more pressing issues around affordable housing and economic development and education and so on that we need to move on to and wouldn’t be able to move on to were this question going to be on the popular ballot."

Lawmakers voted yesterday to reject placing before voters a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

At the Army facility, known locally as Natick Labs, Patrick heard a pitch from Brigadier General R. Mark Brown to strengthen ties among its researchers, private industry in the state and law enforcement. Many of the technological innovations developed for soldiers can be used by local and state law enforcement, Army officials said.

"We want to find ways to transfer technology and technological know-how in and out of this facility, because it's important for our economy," Patrick said.

-- John C. Drake

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