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Boston marriage showdown.

As of press time, activists on both sides of the gay marriage debate were still awaiting a potentially groundbreaking ruling by the Massachusetts supreme judicial court while state lawmakers were pressing forward with efforts to either legalize or ban equal marriage rights. A hearing on October 23 by the state joint judiciary committee saw debate on measures to legalize same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Meanwhile, both houses of the Massachusetts legislature were scheduled to meet on November 12 to consider state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage--an initiative that was soundly defeated last year. Some lawmakers are predicting that a pro-gay court decision will bolster support tot the amendment. "Everybody is holding their breaths and waiting to see," said stale representative Alice K. Wolf, a Cambridge Democrat.

Find updates on a possible decision at www.advocate.com.
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Title Annotation:Legislation; Massachusetts supreme judicial court, legislature consider legality of same-sex marriage
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U1MA
Date:Nov 25, 2003
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