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The issue: Gay marriage
(By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff, 9/9/06)
In the days and months after Massachusetts elects a new governor, the social issue that made national headlines -- gay marriage -- is likely to return to the Beacon Hill agenda.
Healey opposes gay marriage but favors civil unions, which positions her to the left of Gov. Mitt Romney on this issue. She supports a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, but has said she would not support a measure allowing the state's Catholic bishops to exclude gays and lesbians from adopting children from Catholic agencies.
Mihos supports gay marriage, saying "I don't care what you do in your bedroom."
Patrick supports gay marriage. He has said the state's highest court "got it right" in its ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. "All they did was affirm the principle that citizens come before their government as equals," he said. Patrick has faced particular criticism on the issue from some influential black ministers in the state, but dismisses the controversy as a "tempest in a teapot."
Grace Ross (Green-Rainbow Party)
Ross is the first openly lesbian candidate in state history to campaign for the corner office. In the 1980s, she joined the battle to pass the state's gay civil rights law. More recently, she has been involved in the equal marriage movement.
* Compiled by Boston.com Staff from published reports in the Boston Globe, the candidates' campaigns, and other sources.