The following proposal (see Senate, No. 2220 of 2007) having received, in joint session, the affirmative votes of not less than one-fourth of all members elected to the preceding General Court [see House, No. 4617 of 2006], has been referred, in accordance with Article XLVIII of the Amendments to the Constitution, to the present General Court.
Not less than one-fourth of all members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become part of the Constitution [if Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:
ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT.
When recognizing marriages entered into after the adoption of this amendment by the people, the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall define marriage only as the union of one man and one woman.