Fifth District Congressional Candidate Niki Tsongas released the following statement today after the proposed constitutional amendment banning
same-sex marriage was defeated. Tsongas joined a dozen Fifth Congressional District residents on the steps of the State House this morning to demonstrate her opposition to the proposed amendment. The Legislature's vote eliminates any chance of getting the measure on the ballot in November 2008.
"Three years ago I rallied on the steps of the State House with my daughter in support of same-sex marriage, and today the work of thousands of people dedicated to marriage equality has finally paid off. I am pleased that the legislature reflected the will of the majority of Massachusetts's residents by recognizing that constitutional amendments should not limit rights but expand them. We can all be proud that we live in a state where the civil rights of all our citizens will be protected. Our state and nation are stronger for this commitment to defending the rights of all people and for putting a high value on the principles of tolerance and human dignity."