Mass. Moves Toward Gay Marriage Ban

Protestors rally in the hallways of the Massachusetts state

Protestors on both sides of the gay marriage debate rally in the hallways of the Massachusetts statehouse, as state lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and establishing civil unions instead. Tovia Smith, NPR hide caption

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Massachusetts legislators approve a measure that would ban same-sex marriages but establish civil unions. The state constitutional amendment still needs approval from the 2005-2006 legislative session and from voters in 2006. The move comes as the state is under court order to allow gay marriages starting May 17. Hear NPR's Tovia Smith.

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