Mr. Martin D. Baron
The Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02107-2378

Dear Mr. Baron:

On May 2, the Globe ran a story about the constitutional amendment defining marriage saying, "As Senate president, Birmingham could choose to not schedule a proposed amendment for a vote, which would scuttle the measure." The Globe also suggested that Sen. Birmingham might improve his chances of winning the Democratic nomination for governor by scuttling the amendment. He took the Globe's advice, but as a brief submitted to the Supreme Judicial Court states, he violated the law in refusing to submit the amendment, backed by over 130,000 signatures, to a Senate vote.

Your Constitution says that amendments supported by the required number of valid signatures shall be voted upon jointly by the Senate and House in two successive legislative sessions and be placed on the ballot if supported by 25 percent of those voting. How can you justify your advice to Birmingham?