Definitions

Senate amendment
Proposed by Senate President Robert Travaglini (D-Boston) and Senate Minority Leader Brian Lees (R-East Longmeadow)

Rejected on Feb. 11 by a vote of 104-94.

Section 1. 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 Massachusetts.

Section 2. The people of the Commonwealth adopt this Article to protect the unique relationship of marriage. The people also wish to establish civil unions to provide to same-sex couples all the benefits, protections, rights and responsibilities under state law as are granted to spouses in a marriage, while recognizing that under present federal law same-sex couples in civil unions will be denied federal benefits available to married couples.

Section 3. Two persons of the same sex shall have the right to form a civil union if they meet the requirements set forth by law for marriage between a man and a woman. All laws applicable to marriage, including laws that refer to a federal law and laws relating to dissolution of marriages, shall also apply to civil unions. Spouses in a civil union shall have all the same benefits, protections, rights and responsibilities under law as are granted to spouses in a marriage. As used in this section, "law" means any law of the commonwealth, or of any of its political subdivisions, or of any entity established to serve a public purpose, whether defined by statute, agency or court rule or regulation, ordinance, by-law, policy, common law or other source of civil law.

The appropriate agencies of the executive department shall take all the necessary measures to provide civil union license forms as required by the laws governing equivalent marriage forms and to provide for the maintenance of records of all civil unions and the dissolution thereof. The procedures under law for issuing a marriage license shall apply to issuing a civil union license.

Section 4. Persons of the same sex who married before the effective date of this Article shall be considered instead to have formed a civil union under section 3.

Section 5. This Article is self-executing, but the general court may enact laws consistent with this Article to carry out this Article's purposes.

Roll Call:

SENATE:

Robert A. Antonioni, D-Leominster - Y

Steven A. Baddour, D-Methuen - Y

Jarrett T. Barrios, D-Cambridge - Y

Frederick E. Berry, D-Peabody - Y

Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre - Y

Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester - Y

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

Cynthia Stone Creem, D-Newton - Y

Susan C. Fargo, D-Lincoln - Y

Guy William Glodis, D-Auburn - Y

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

Robert A. Havern, D-Arlington - Y

Robert L. Hedlund, R-Weymouth - N

Brian A. Joyce, D-Milton - Y

Michael R. Knapik, R-Westfield - Y

Brian P. Lees, R-East Longmeadow - Y

David P. Magnani, D-Framingham - N

Thomas M. McGee, D-Lynn - Y

Linda J. Melconian, D-Springfield - Y

Joan M. Menard, D-Somerset - Y

Mark C. Montigny, D-New Bedford - Y

Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge - N

Michael W. Morrissey, D-Quincy - N

Therese Murray, D-Plymouth - Y

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

Robert O'Leary, D-Barnstable - Y

Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton - Y

Steven C. Panagiotakos, D-Lowell - Y

Pamela P. Resor, D-Acton - Y

Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst - Y

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

Jo Ann Sprague, R-Walpole - N

Bruce E. Tarr, R-Gloucester - Y

Richard R. Tisei, R-Wakefield - Y

Steve A. Tolman, D-Boston - Y

Robert E. Travaglini, D-Boston - Y

Susan C. Tucker, D-Andover - Y

Marian Walsh, D-Boston - N

Dianne Wilkerson, D-Boston - Y

HOUSE:

Christopher P. Asselin, D-Springfield - N

Cory Atkins, D-Concord - Y

Demetrius J. Atsalis, D-Hyannis - N

Bruce J. Ayers, D-Quincy - N

Ruth B. Balser, D-Newton - N

John J. Binienda, D-Worcester - N

Deborah D. Blumer, D-Framingham - Y

Daniel E. Bosley, D-North Adams - Y

Garrett J. Bradley, D-Hingham - N

Arthur J. Broadhurst, D-Methuen - N

Scott P. Brown, R-Wrentham - N

Stephen J. Buoniconti, D-West Springfield - Y

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

Jennifer M. Callahan, D-Sutton - Y

Christine E. Canavan, D-Brockton - N

Gale D. Candaras, D-Wilbraham - N

Mark J. Carron, D-Southbridge - N

Paul C. Casey, D-Winchester - N

Vincent P. Ciampa, D-Somerville - N

Edward G. Connolly, D-Everett - N

Michael J. Coppola, R-Foxboro - N

Robert Correia, D-Fall River - N

Michael A. Costello, D-Newburyport - Y

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 - Y

Brian S. Dempsey, D-Haverhill - N

Salvatore F. DiMasi, D-Boston - N

Paul J. Donato, D-Medford - N

Christopher J. Donelan, D-Orange - Y

Carol A. Donovan, D-Woburn - Y

Joseph R. Driscoll, D-Braintree - N

James B. Eldridge, D-Acton - Y

Lewis G. Evangelidis, R-Holden - N

James H. Fagan, D-Taunton - Y

Christopher G. Fallon, D-Malden - Y

Mark V. Falzone, D-Saugus - Y

Robert F. Fennell, D-Lynn - Y

Michael E. Festa, D-Melrose - Y

Barry R. Finegold, D-Andover - Y

Thomas M. Finneran, D-Boston - N

David L. Flynn, D-Bridgewater - Y

Gloria L. Fox, D-Boston - Y

John P. Fresolo, D-Worcester - N

Paul K. Frost, R-Auburn - N

William C. Galvin, D-Canton - Y

Colleen M. Garry, D-Dracut - N

Thomas N. George, R-Yarmouth - N

Susan W. Gifford, R-Wareham - N

Anne M. Gobi, D-Spencer - Y

Emile J. Goguen, D-Fitchburg - N

Brian Paul Golden, D-Boston - N

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

Shirley Gomes, R-South Harwich - N

Mary E. Grant, D-Beverly - Y

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

Patricia A. Haddad, D-Somerset - N

Geoffrey D. Hall, D-Westford - N

Robert S. Hargraves, R-Groton - N

Lida E. Harkins, D-Needham - N

Bradford Hill, R-Ipswich - N

Reed V. Hillman, R-Sturbridge - N

Kevin G. Honan, D-Boston - Y

Mark A. Howland, D-Freetown - Y

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

Frank M. Hynes, D-Marshfield - N

Patricia D. Jehlen, D-Somerville - Y

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

Louis L. Kafka, D-Sharon - Y

Michael F. Kane, D-Holyoke - N

Rachel Kaprielian, D-Watertown - Y

Jay R. Kaufman, D-Lexington - Y

Daniel F. Keenan, D-Southwick - N

Shaun P. Kelly, R-Dalton - N

Thomas P. Kennedy, D-Brockton - Y

Kay Khan, D-Newton - Y

Brian Knuuttila, D-Gardner - N

Peter V. Kocot, D-Florence - Y

Robert M. Koczera, D-New Bedford - N

Peter J. Koutoujian, D-Waltham - N

Paul Kujawski, D-Webster - N

Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington - Y

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

William Lantigua, I-Lawrence - N

Peter J. Larkin, D-Pittsfield - N

James Brendan Leary, D-Worcester - Y

Stephen P. LeDuc, D-Marlboro - Y

John A. Lepper, R-Attleboro - N

David P. Linsky, D-Natick - Y

Paul J. Loscocco, R-Holliston - N

Elizabeth A. Malia, D-Boston - N

Ronald Mariano, D-Quincy - (NOT VOTING)

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

James R. Miceli, D-Wilmington - N

Charles A. Murphy, D-Burlington - Y

James M. Murphy, D-Weymouth - N

Kevin J. Murphy, D-Lowell - Y

David M. Nangle, D-Lowell - N

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

Robert J. Nyman, D-Hanover - N

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

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

Shirley Owens-Hicks, D-Boston - Y

Marie J. Parente, D-Milford - N

Matthew Patrick, D-Falmouth - N

Anne M. Paulsen, D-Belmont - Y

Vincent A. Pedone, D-Worcester - N

Alice H. Peisch, D-Wellesley - Y

Jeffrey D. Perry, R-Sandwich - N

Douglas W. Petersen, D-Marblehead - Y

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

Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow - N

Anthony Petruccelli, D-Boston - Y

William ''Smitty'' Pignatelli, D-Lenox - N

Elizabeth A. Poirier, R-North Attleboro - N

Karyn E. Polito, R-Shrewsbury - N

Susan W. Pope, R-Wayland - N

John F. Quinn, D-Dartmouth - N

Kathi-Anne Reinstein, D-Revere - Y

Cheryl A. Rivera, D-Springfield - Y

Michael J. Rodrigues, D-Westport - Y

Mary S. Rogeness, R-Longmeadow - N

John H. Rogers, D-Norwood - N

Michael J. Ruane, D-Salem - N

Michael F. Rush, D-Boston - N

Byron Rushing, D-Boston - N

Jeffrey Sanchez, D-Boston - N

Angelo M. Scaccia, D-Boston - N

John W. Scibak, D-South Hadley - Y

Mary Jane Simmons, D-Leominster - N

Frank Israel Smizik, D-Brookline - N

Theodore C. Speliotis, D-Danvers - N

Robert P. Spellane, D-Worcester - Y

Joyce A. Spiliotis, D-Peabody - N

Karen Spilka, D-Ashland - Y

Harriett L. Stanley, D-West Newbury - Y

Thomas M. Stanley, D-Waltham - N

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

Ellen Story, D-Amherst - Y

William M. Straus, D-Mattapoisett - Y

David B. Sullivan, D-Fall River - Y

Benjamin Swan, D-Springfield - Y

Kathleen M. Teahan, D-Whitman - Y

Walter F. Timilty, D-Milton - N

A. Stephen Tobin, D-Quincy - N

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

David M. Torrisi, D-North Andover - Y

Philip Travis, D-Rehoboth - N

Eric Turkington, D-Falmouth - N

James E. Vallee, D-Franklin - N

Anthony J. Verga, D-Gloucester - Y

Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee - N

Brian P. Wallace, D-Boston - N

Patricia A. Walrath, D-Stow - N

Martin J. Walsh, D-Boston - N

Steven M. Walsh, D-Lynn - Y

Daniel K. Webster, R-Hanson - N

Alice K. Wolf, D-Cambridge - N


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