Governor Jane Swift
State House
Office of the Governor
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Governor Swift:

I am shocked to learn that you have refused to carry out your responsibility to insure that the laws of Massachusetts are faithfully executed by public officials. I am referring to your failure to recall the Senate and House and demand that they vote on the proposed constitutional amendment that defines marriage. The Massachusetts 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 at least 25 percent of those voting.

Since the joint session adjourned without voting on the marriage amendment, it is up to you as governor to require them to reconvene and do what the Constitution ordains-vote on the amendment. To allow them to shirk their duty and violate the law would be a disgrace and would indelibly stain your legacy.