There is jubilation among the many households that would have been hurt by the backward intentions of this proposed amendment. But we should also mention this outcome spares us a full year of acrimonious campaigning in a run-up to the ballot issue. The Catholic church has many fences and psyches to mend in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. It would be so much worse off trying to spend resources it barely has for a cause only bigots like, all while trying to put the worst of the slanders and homophobic doctrine in the mouths of proxies instead of giving the good fathers yet another PR black eye. It really is more of a victory than they realize. It takes off the pressure in all the right places.
People who think they can make other people's natures "better" typically make their lives worse.
HT to Pam