Just hours before lawmakers face their final chance to act on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, Governor-Elect Deval Patrick is urging lawmakers not to vote to place the measure on the ballot.
Patrick says he believes it is a terrible precedent to use the ballot initiative petition to insert discrimination into the constitution. He says if the legislature must adjourn before taking a vote, in order to kill the petition, than it should.
In an opinion announced last week, the state's highest court said legislators have a duty to vote, but the Supreme Judicial Court acknowledged that it could not force a vote.
If the legislature does not act before midnight, then the measure is effectively dead.
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