From “Mass. Gay Marriage Ban Passes Hurdle” by Jennifer Peter (Associated Press), March 30, 2004:
BOSTON (AP) — Legislators approved a constitutional amendment Monday that would ban gay marriages while legalizing civil unions. If passed during the next two-year Legislative session, the measure would go before voters in November 2006.
The constitutional convention took place in front of thousands of citizens, who crowded the Statehouse each day to watch from the gallery and protest in the hallways.
After each intonation of “Jesus” by gay rights opponents inside the building Monday, gay rights advocates tacked on “loves us.” The two opposing sides then shouted “Jesus Christ!” and “equal rights!” simultaneously, blending into a single, indistinguishable chant.
Oh, and for what it’s worth, this tastes awful, and leaves me feeling rather empty inside.