• Opponents and Supporters Clash in Boston
    Massachusetts Senate President Robert Travaglini, center, joins other legislators in heading toward the House chamber at the Statehouse for the start of the constitutional convention that resumed, Thursday, March 11, 2004 to debate the amendment on same-s
March 11, 2004|12:14 pm

By 6 a.m. Thursday, hundreds of people stood at the Statehouse entrance and others chanted, waved flags and sang Gospel music on the sidewalks.

Lawmakers imposed a time limit on the debate, agreeing to take a vote by 5:30 p.m. That did not sit well with some lawmakers.

They ultimately need at least 101 votes among the 200-member Legislature to pass a proposed constitutional amendment this year, and set up another vote in the 2005-06 legislative session.

"So for at least two and a half years, gay people will be able to marry, and that's what has upset non-Massachusetts folks the most," Isaacson said.