Tuesday, November 18, 2003

The State Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has ruled that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. It had ruled that the state legislature must fix problems in the law within 180 days. But the court did NOT direct the immediate granting of marriage licenses to the seven couples who are involved in the suit. So, the Court has said that marriage cannot be legally denied to same sex couples, but it has thrown making it happen to the legislature where things could be very turbulent.

The movement to create a state constitutional ammendment defining marriage in Massachusetts as a union between one man and one woman is still ongoing--probably a multi-year process. My big concern now is that in not going all the way on this, the Court may well have created a mess that will be with us for years.

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