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11/19/2003 Entry: "Civil marriage for everyone! (At least in Massachusetts for now!)"

"A divided Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that same-sex couples have a right to civil marriages under the nation's oldest state constitution, declaring that 'the right to marry means little if it does not include the right to marry the person of one's choice.'"

I completely approve of this. I worked for lawyers once who did domestic partnerships and what a hassle! Just get married, for God's sake, if you can. And now they can in Massachusetts! Yay! Progress! Yay!

"The leading Democratic candidates seeking to oppose Bush next year moved cautiously around the Massachusetts ruling, extolling progress toward equality but, in most cases, voicing opposition to same-sex marriage. ...retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark appeared to go the furthest in support of the court, saying that 'as someone who supports the legal rights of all Americans regardless of sexual orientation, I appreciate today's decision.' Clark said he would leave it to each state to decide which marriages to recognize.'"

Yay for General Clark! Do you what kind of guts it has to take a career military guy to say that? Yay!

"Gay and lesbian leaders, aware of those numbers, were careful to point out that the Massachusetts ruling does not touch religious authority over church weddings."

And if the issue is the sanctity of marriage, well, modern marriage as the Right as come to demand it be is one of the few places you'll find the sanctity of anything.

"But Evan Wolfson, director of Freedom to Marry, which supports marriage equality, accused the critics of scaremongering. 'They will make the same gloom-and-doom cries as they did when America ended race discrimination in marriage, and women's subordination in marriage, and got the government out of the business of deciding when people can use contraception. But the majority is going to see that no one is hurt by allowing gay people to marry.'"
Gay Marriage is a Right: Massachusetts Court Rules, by By David Von Drehle, Washington Post, November 19, 2003

Yeah, as if there isn't enough marriage for everyone. The Hets can stop hogging it now.

And lastly, think what a boon this is for divorce lawyers!

 

 

 

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