Using a procedural move, state lawmakers have effectively derailed a plan to let voters decide whether Massachusetts will continue to allow gay marriage.
At a joint session yesterday, they voted to recess rather take a vote on a proposed constitutional amendment signed by 170-thousand citizens. It defines marriage only as the union of one man and one woman. Organizers who'd hoped to put that amendment before voters in 2008 are fuming and vowing to review all possible legal options.
WBUR's Martha Bebinger reports on reaction at the Statehouse, starting just after the vote.
This program aired on November 10, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.