Leader: Massachusetts marriage ban to get up-or-down vote

03/23/2007 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The new leader of the Massachusetts Senate -- and the state's Constitutional Convention -- wants to defeat efforts to place a marriage ban on the ballot by holding an up-or-down vote, instead of trying to table it. Senate President and marriage rights supporter Therese Murray's strategy is backed by gay rights activists. "Our goal is to win this on the merits of the issue," said Arline Isaacson, co-chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.

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