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How legislators voted on Finneran-backed gay marriage amendment

How Massachusetts state lawmakers voted Wednesday on a proposed constitutional amendment offered by House Speaker Thomas Finneran, D-Boston, that would define marriage as a union of a man and woman but allow lawmakers to establish civil unions for same-sex couples.

 

The amendment, which was defeated on a 100-98 vote, reads:

"It being the public policy of this commonwealth to protect the unique relationship of marriage, only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Massachusetts.

"This article is self-executing, but the general court may enact laws not inconsistent with anything herein contained to carry out the purpose of this article, including but not limited to, the enactment of laws establishing civil unions as may be defined by the general court from time to time."

SENATE:

Robert A. Antonioni, D-Leominster - N

Steven A. Baddour, D-Methuen - N

Jarrett T. Barrios, D-Cambridge - N

Frederick E. Berry, D-Peabody - N

Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre - Y

Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester - N

Robert S. Creedon Jr., D-Brockton - Y

Cynthia Stone Creem, D-Newton - N

Susan C. Fargo, D-Lincoln - N

Guy William Glodis, D-Auburn - Y

John A. Hart Jr., D-Boston - Y

Robert A. Havern, D-Arlington - N

Robert L. Hedlund, R-Weymouth - Y

Brian A. Joyce, D-Milton - N

Michael R. Knapik, R-Westfield - N

Brian P. Lees, R-East Longmeadow - N

David P. Magnani, D-Framingham - N

Thomas M. McGee, D-Lynn - N

Linda J. Melconian, D-Springfield - N

Joan M. Menard, D-Somerset - N

Mark C. Montigny, D-New Bedford - N

Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge - Y

Michael W. Morrissey, D-Quincy - Y

Therese Murray, D-Plymouth - N

Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., D-Pittsfield - N

Robert O'Leary, D-Barnstable - N

Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton - Y

Steven C. Panagiotakos, D-Lowell - Y

Pamela P. Resor, D-Acton - N

Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst - N

Charles E. Shannon Jr., D-Winchester - N

Jo Ann Sprague, R-Walpole - N

Bruce E. Tarr, R-Gloucester - N

Richard R. Tisei, R-Wakefield - N

Steve A. Tolman, D-Boston - N

Robert E. Travaglini, D-Boston - N

Susan C. Tucker, D-Andover - N

Marian Walsh, D-Boston - N

Dianne Wilkerson, D-Boston - N

HOUSE:

Christopher P. Asselin, D-Springfield - Y

Cory Atkins, D-Concord - N

Demetrius J. Atsalis, D-Hyannis - Y

Bruce J. Ayers, D-Quincy - Y

Ruth B. Balser, D-Newton - N

John J. Binienda, D-Worcester - Y

Deborah D. Blumer, D-Framingham - N

Daniel E. Bosley, D-North Adams - N

Garrett J. Bradley, D-Hingham - Y

Arthur J. Broadhurst, D-Methuen - Y

Scott P. Brown, R-Wrentham - Y

Stephen J. Buoniconti, D-West Springfield - N

Antonio F. D. Cabral, D-New Bedford - N

Jennifer M. Callahan, D-Sutton - Y

Christine E. Canavan, D-Brockton - Y

Gale D. Candaras, D-Wilbraham - Y

Mark J. Carron, D-Southbridge - Y

Paul C. Casey, D-Winchester - Y

Vincent P. Ciampa, D-Somerville - Y

Edward G. Connolly, D-Everett - Y

Michael J. Coppola, R-Foxboro - Y

Robert Correia, D-Fall River - Y

Michael A. Costello, D-Newburyport - N

Robert K. Coughlin, D-Dedham - Y

Geraldine Creedon, D-Brockton - Y

Robert A. DeLeo, D-Winthrop - Y

Viriato Manuel deMacedo, R-Plymouth - Y

Paul C. Demakis, D-Boston - N

Brian S. Dempsey, D-Haverhill - Y

Salvatore F. DiMasi, D-Boston - N

Paul J. Donato, D-Medford - Y

Christopher J. Donelan, D-Orange - N

Carol A. Donovan, D-Woburn - N

Joseph R. Driscoll, D-Braintree - Y

James B. Eldridge, D-Acton - N

Lewis G. Evangelidis, R-Holden - Y

James H. Fagan, D-Taunton - Y

Christopher G. Fallon, D-Malden - N

Mark V. Falzone, D-Saugus - N

Robert F. Fennell, D-Lynn - Y

Michael E. Festa, D-Melrose - N

Barry R. Finegold, D-Andover - N

Thomas M. Finneran, D-Boston - Y

David L. Flynn, D-Bridgewater - Y

Gloria L. Fox, D-Boston - N

John P. Fresolo, D-Worcester - Y

Paul K. Frost, R-Auburn - Y

William C. Galvin, D-Canton - N

Colleen M. Garry, D-Dracut - Y

Thomas N. George, R-Yarmouth - Y

Susan W. Gifford, R-Wareham - Y

Anne M. Gobi, D-Spencer - Y

Emile J. Goguen, D-Fitchburg - Y

Brian Paul Golden, D-Boston - Y

Thomas A. Golden Jr., D-Lowell - Y

Shirley Gomes, R-South Harwich - Y

Mary E. Grant, D-Beverly - N

William G. Greene Jr., D-Billerica - Y

Patricia A. Haddad, D-Somerset - N

Geoffrey D. Hall, D-Westford - Y

Robert S. Hargraves, R-Groton - Y

Lida E. Harkins, D-Needham - N

Bradford Hill, R-Ipswich - Y

Reed V. Hillman, R-Sturbridge - Y

Kevin G. Honan, D-Boston - N

Mark A. Howland, D-Freetown - Y

Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield - Y

Frank M. Hynes, D-Marshfield - Y

Patricia D. Jehlen, D-Somerville - N

Bradley H. Jones Jr., R-North Reading - Y

Louis L. Kafka, D-Sharon - N

Michael F. Kane, D-Holyoke - Y

Rachel Kaprielian, D-Watertown - N

Jay R. Kaufman, D-Lexington - N

Daniel F. Keenan, D-Southwick - Y

Shaun P. Kelly, R-Dalton - N

Thomas P. Kennedy, D-Brockton - N

Kay Khan, D-Newton - N

Brian Knuuttila, D-Gardner - Y

Peter V. Kocot, D-Florence - N

Robert M. Koczera, D-New Bedford - Y

Peter J. Koutoujian, D-Waltham - N

Paul Kujawski, D-Webster - Y

Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington - N

Barbara A. L'Italien, D-Andover - N

William Lantigua, I-Lawrence - Y

Peter J. Larkin, D-Pittsfield - Y

James Brendan Leary, D-Worcester - N

Stephen P. LeDuc, D-Marlboro - Y

John A. Lepper, R-Attleboro - Y

David P. Linsky, D-Natick - N

Paul J. Loscocco, R-Holliston - Y

Elizabeth A. Malia, D-Boston - N

Ronald Mariano, D-Quincy - Did not vote

James J. Marzilli Jr., D-Arlington - N

James R. Miceli, D-Wilmington - Y

Charles A. Murphy, D-Burlington - N

James M. Murphy, D-Weymouth - Y

Kevin J. Murphy, D-Lowell - N

David M. Nangle, D-Lowell - Y

Harold P. Naughton Jr., D-Clinton - Y

Robert J. Nyman, D-Hanover - Y

Thomas J. O'Brien, D-Kingston - Y

Eugene L. O'Flaherty, D-Chelsea - Y

Shirley Owens-Hicks, D-Boston - Y

Marie J. Parente, D-Milford - Y

Matthew Patrick, D-Falmouth - N

Anne M. Paulsen, D-Belmont - N

Vincent A. Pedone, D-Worcester - N

Alice H. Peisch, D-Wellesley - N

Jeffrey D. Perry, R-Sandwich - Y

Douglas W. Petersen, D-Marblehead - N

George N. Peterson Jr., R-Grafton - Y

Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow - Y

Anthony Petruccelli, D-Boston - N

William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox - N

Elizabeth A. Poirier, R-North Attleboro - Y

Karyn E. Polito, R-Shrewsbury - Y

Susan W. Pope, R-Wayland - Y

John F. Quinn, D-Dartmouth - Y

Kathi-Anne Reinstein, D-Revere - N

Cheryl A. Rivera, D-Springfield - N

Michael J. Rodrigues, D-Westport - N

Mary S. Rogeness, R-Longmeadow - Y

John H. Rogers, D-Norwood - Y

Michael J. Ruane, D-Salem - Y

Michael F. Rush, D-Boston - Y

Byron Rushing, D-Boston - N

Jeffrey Sanchez, D-Boston - N

Angelo M. Scaccia, D-Boston - Y

John W. Scibak, D-South Hadley - N

Mary Jane Simmons, D-Leominster - Y

Frank Israel Smizik, D-Brookline - N

Theodore C. Speliotis, D-Danvers - N

Robert P. Spellane, D-Worcester - N

Joyce A. Spiliotis, D-Peabody - Y

Karen Spilka, D-Ashland - N

Harriett L. Stanley, D-West Newbury - N

Thomas M. Stanley, D-Waltham - N

Marie P. St.Fleur, D-Boston - N

Ellen Story, D-Amherst - N

William M. Straus, D-Mattapoisett - N

David B. Sullivan, D-Fall River - N

Benjamin Swan, D-Springfield - N

Kathleen M. Teahan, D-Whitman - N

Walter F. Timilty, D-Milton - Y

A. Stephen Tobin, D-Quincy - Y

Timothy J. Toomey Jr., D-Cambridge - N

David M. Torrisi, D-North Andover - N

Philip Travis, D-Rehoboth - Y

Eric Turkington, D-Falmouth - N

James E. Vallee, D-Franklin - Y

Anthony J. Verga, D-Gloucester - Y

Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee - Y

Brian P. Wallace, D-Boston - Y

Patricia A. Walrath, D-Stow - Y

Martin J. Walsh, D-Boston - N

Steven M. Walsh, D-Lynn - N

Daniel K. Webster, R-Hanson - Y

Alice K. Wolf, D-Cambridge - N

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The 2000 Census estimated there were about 19,000 gay couples in Mass., and about 659,000 nationwide, or less than 1 percent of households. Provincetown is the community in Mass. with the highest rate of gay partners, about 15 percent of households.
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