Definitions

Final Amendment
Proposed by leaders of the House and Senate

Approved on March 29, 2004 on a 105-92 vote

"The unified purpose of this Article is both to define the institution of civil marriage and to establish civil unions to provide same-sex persons with entirely the same benefits, protections, rights, privileges and obligations as are afforded to married persons, while recognizing that under present federal law same-sex persons in civil unions will be denied federal benefits available to married persons.

"It being the public policy of this commonwealth to protect the unique relationship of marriage, only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in the commonwealth. Two persons of the same sex shall have the right to form a civil union if they otherwise meet the requirements set forth by law for marriage. Civil unions for same sex persons are established by this Article and shall provide entirely the same benefits, protections, rights, privileges and obligations that are afforded to persons married under the law of the commonwealth. All laws applicable to marriage shall also apply to civil unions.

"This Article is self-executing, but the general court may enact laws not inconsistent with anything herein contained to carry out the purpose of this Article."

Roll call:

SENATE:

Robert A. Antonioni, D-Leominster - N

Steven A. Baddour, D-Methuen - Y

Jarrett T. Barrios, D-Cambridge - N

Frederick E. Berry, D-Peabody - Y

Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre - Y

Scott P. Brown, R-Wrentham - Y

Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester - N

Robert S. Creedon Jr., D-Brockton - N

Cynthia Stone Creem, D-Newton - N

Susan C. Fargo, D-Lincoln - N

Guy William Glodis, D-Auburn - Y

John A. Hart Jr., D-Boston - Y

Robert A. Havern, D-Arlington - N

Robert L. Hedlund, R-Weymouth - Y

Brian A. Joyce, D-Milton - N

Michael R. Knapik, R-Westfield - Y

Brian P. Lees, R-East Longmeadow - Y

David P. Magnani, D-Framingham - Not voting

Thomas M. McGee, D-Lynn - N

Linda J. Melconian, D-Springfield - N

Joan M. Menard, D-Somerset - Y

Mark C. Montigny, D-New Bedford - N

Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge - Y

Michael W. Morrissey, D-Quincy - Y

Therese Murray, D-Plymouth - Y

Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., D-Pittsfield - N

Robert O'Leary, D-Barnstable - N

Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton - Y

Steven C. Panagiotakos, D-Lowell - Y

Pamela P. Resor, D-Acton - N

Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst - N

Charles E. Shannon Jr., D-Winchester - N

Jo Ann Sprague, R-Walpole - N

Bruce E. Tarr, R-Gloucester - Y

Richard R. Tisei, R-Wakefield - N

Steve A. Tolman, D-Boston - N

Robert E. Travaglini, D-Boston - Y

Susan C. Tucker, D-Andover - N

Marian Walsh, D-Boston - N

Dianne Wilkerson, D-Boston - N

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HOUSE:

Christopher P. Asselin, D-Springfield - Y

Cory Atkins, D-Concord - N

Demetrius J. Atsalis, D-Hyannis - Y

Bruce J. Ayers, D-Quincy - Y

Ruth B. Balser, D-Newton - N

John J. Binienda, D-Worcester - Y

Deborah D. Blumer, D-Framingham - N

Daniel E. Bosley, D-North Adams - N

Garrett J. Bradley, D-Hingham - Y

Arthur J. Broadhurst, D-Methuen - Y

Stephen J. Buoniconti, D-West Springfield - Y

Antonio F. D. Cabral, D-New Bedford - N

Jennifer M. Callahan, D-Sutton - Y

Christine E. Canavan, D-Brockton - Y

Gale D. Candaras, D-Wilbraham - Y

Mark J. Carron, D-Southbridge - Y

Paul C. Casey, D-Winchester - Y

Vincent P. Ciampa, D-Somerville - Y

Edward G. Connolly, D-Everett - Y

Michael J. Coppola, R-Foxboro - Y

Robert Correia, D-Fall River - Y

Michael A. Costello, D-Newburyport - N

Robert K. Coughlin, D-Dedham - Y

Geraldine Creedon, D-Brockton - Y

Robert A. DeLeo, D-Winthrop - Y

Viriato Manuel deMacedo, R-Plymouth - N

Paul C. Demakis, D-Boston - N

Brian S. Dempsey, D-Haverhill - Y

Salvatore F. DiMasi, D-Boston - N

Paul J. Donato, D-Medford - Y

Christopher J. Donelan, D-Orange - N

Carol A. Donovan, D-Woburn - N

Joseph R. Driscoll, D-Braintree - Y

James B. Eldridge, D-Acton - N

Lewis G. Evangelidis, R-Holden - Y

James H. Fagan, D-Taunton - Y

Christopher G. Fallon, D-Malden - N

Mark V. Falzone, D-Saugus - N

Robert F. Fennell, D-Lynn - Y

Michael E. Festa, D-Melrose - N

Barry R. Finegold, D-Andover - N

Thomas M. Finneran, D-Boston - Y

David L. Flynn, D-Bridgewater - Y

Gloria L. Fox, D-Boston - N

John P. Fresolo, D-Worcester - Y

Paul K. Frost, R-Auburn - Y

William C. Galvin, D-Canton - N

Colleen M. Garry, D-Dracut - Y

Thomas N. George, R-Yarmouth - Y

Susan W. Gifford, R-Wareham - Y

Anne M. Gobi, D-Spencer - Y

Emile J. Goguen, D-Fitchburg - Y

Brian Paul Golden, D-Boston - N

Thomas A. Golden Jr., D-Lowell - Y

Shirley Gomes, R-South Harwich - Y

Mary E. Grant, D-Beverly - N

William G. Greene Jr., D-Billerica - Y

Patricia A. Haddad, D-Somerset - N

Geoffrey D. Hall, D-Westford - Y

Robert S. Hargraves, R-Groton - Y

Lida E. Harkins, D-Needham - N

Bradford Hill, R-Ipswich - Y

Reed V. Hillman, R-Sturbridge - Y

Kevin G. Honan, D-Boston - N

Mark A. Howland, D-Freetown - Y

Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield - Y

Frank M. Hynes, D-Marshfield - Y

Patricia D. Jehlen, D-Somerville - N

Bradley H. Jones Jr., R-North Reading - N

Louis L. Kafka, D-Sharon - N

Michael F. Kane, D-Holyoke - Y

Rachel Kaprielian, D-Watertown - N

Jay R. Kaufman, D-Lexington - N

Daniel F. Keenan, D-Southwick - Y

Shaun P. Kelly, R-Dalton - N

Thomas P. Kennedy, D-Brockton - Y

Kay Khan, D-Newton - N

Brian Knuuttila, D-Gardner - Y

Peter V. Kocot, D-Florence - N

Robert M. Koczera, D-New Bedford - Y

Peter J. Koutoujian, D-Waltham - N

Paul Kujawski, D-Webster - Y

Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington - N

Barbara A. L'Italien, D-Andover - N

William Lantigua, I-Lawrence - Y

Peter J. Larkin, D-Pittsfield - Y

James Brendan Leary, D-Worcester - Y

Stephen P. LeDuc, D-Marlboro - Y

John A. Lepper, R-Attleboro - N

David P. Linsky, D-Natick - N

Paul J. Loscocco, R-Holliston - N

Elizabeth A. Malia, D-Boston - N

Ronald Mariano, D-Quincy - N

James J. Marzilli Jr., D-Arlington - N

James R. Miceli, D-Wilmington - Y

Charles A. Murphy, D-Burlington - N

James M. Murphy, D-Weymouth - Y

Kevin J. Murphy, D-Lowell - Y

David M. Nangle, D-Lowell - Y

Harold P. Naughton Jr., D-Clinton - Y

Robert J. Nyman, D-Hanover - Y

Thomas J. O'Brien, D-Kingston - Y

Eugene L. O'Flaherty, D-Chelsea - Y

Shirley Owens-Hicks, D-Boston - Y

Marie J. Parente, D-Milford - Y

Matthew Patrick, D-Falmouth - N

Anne M. Paulsen, D-Belmont - N

Vincent A. Pedone, D-Worcester - Y

Alice H. Peisch, D-Wellesley - N

Jeffrey D. Perry, R-Sandwich - Y

Douglas W. Petersen, D-Marblehead - N

George N. Peterson Jr., R-Grafton - N

Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow - Y

Anthony Petruccelli, D-Boston - Y

William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox - N

Elizabeth A. Poirier, R-North Attleboro - N

Karyn E. Polito, R-Shrewsbury - Y

Susan W. Pope, R-Wayland - Y

John F. Quinn, D-Dartmouth - Y

Kathi-Anne Reinstein, D-Revere - N

Cheryl A. Rivera, D-Springfield - N

Michael J. Rodrigues, D-Westport - Y

Mary S. Rogeness, R-Longmeadow - Y

John H. Rogers, D-Norwood - Y

Michael J. Ruane, D-Salem - Y

Michael F. Rush, D-Boston - Y

Byron Rushing, D-Boston - N

Jeffrey Sanchez, D-Boston - N

Angelo M. Scaccia, D-Boston - Y

John W. Scibak, D-South Hadley - N

Mary Jane Simmons, D-Leominster - Not voting

Frank Israel Smizik, D-Brookline - N

Theodore C. Speliotis, D-Danvers - N

Robert P. Spellane, D-Worcester - N

Joyce A. Spiliotis, D-Peabody - Y

Karen Spilka, D-Ashland - N

Harriett L. Stanley, D-West Newbury - N

Thomas M. Stanley, D-Waltham - N

Marie P. St.Fleur, D-Boston - N

Ellen Story, D-Amherst - N

William M. Straus, D-Mattapoisett - Y

David B. Sullivan, D-Fall River - N

Benjamin Swan, D-Springfield - N

Kathleen M. Teahan, D-Whitman - N

Walter F. Timilty, D-Milton - Y

A. Stephen Tobin, D-Quincy - Y

Timothy J. Toomey Jr., D-Cambridge - N

David M. Torrisi, D-North Andover - N

Philip Travis, D-Rehoboth - Y

Eric Turkington, D-Falmouth - Y

James E. Vallee, D-Franklin - Y

Anthony J. Verga, D-Gloucester - Y

Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee - Y

Brian P. Wallace, D-Boston - Y

Patricia A. Walrath, D-Stow - Y

Martin J. Walsh, D-Boston - N

Steven M. Walsh, D-Lynn - N

Daniel K. Webster, R-Hanson - N

Alice K. Wolf, D-Cambridge - N


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