Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Proud to be a Baystater

In a much anticipated decison, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that "barring an individual from the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violates the Massachusetts Constitution." While the court stopped short of forcing the state to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, this would certainly pave the way for marriage equality in the very near future (the Court provided some legislative leeway by granting a 180 day period before effect). I have to read the full text of the decision to get a richer understanding of all its implications, though.

Already the Radical Right is talking about federal action to supersede this historic decision. As is standard procedure for the GOP, states' rights only apply when those rights comport with their Radical Right Wing agenda.


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