Share your reaction to the gay marriage decision
Massachusetts's highest court ruled 4-3 that same-sex couples are legally entitled to wed under the state constitution, but stopped short of allowing marriage licenses to be issued to the seven couples who challenged the law. The court ordered the Legislature to come up with a solution within 180 days. What are your thoughts on the issue?
YAHOO!!!! Let the democrats run on THAT platform next year. You think all things republican are in vogue NOW!!!! Bye bye liberalism!!!!
Diamond Dave, Taunton
I am absolutely appalled and disheartened that the vote passed! It's been a long time since I was active politically but that just changed with this ridiculous ruling! How dare they change the laws of God! We are not called to be tolerant of evil and perversion and we are certainly not called to be quiet when man tries to interfere with the rules and traditions set forth by Jesus. Jesus said to "hate what is evil", homosexuality is just that. I will pray for the misguided to face their sin, I will help to show them a better way,I will tell them that Jesus loves them and they can be restored to God as soon as they confess and repent. I will not apologize for being against this agenda. Enough already with the gay "rights"! There is no such thing! You are either married as one man and one woman or you are NOT married. I will contact everyone I know to, protest in every way I can, I will not let someone else, someone appointed by a mere human being, dictate what deceny is and be told what I shoud and shouldn't tolerate! At what point do we draw the line? Does anything go jsut because someone says it should, based only upon their selfish and egotistical emotions? This robbing of our decency, of our God-given rights must be stopped!
Cindi , Dracut
When I heard the decision was coming today my heart leapt to my throat and it was hard to do anything until the ruling came through. This is incredibly good news. I know many gay couples who look forward to the benefits and responsibilities of marriage. I'm reminded each time I check "single" on a state form how odd it is to not be recognized as being in a committed relationship. My elation is tempered only by my fear of retribution. I worry what the legislature will do next and hope that they will not implement any changes to the consistution that would limit equal benefits for same-sex couples. I believe if people give this ruling time to play itself out they will find that gay marriage is not a threat at all but in fact a stabilizing factor for our state and communities.
This decision will be trounced either in the legislature or at the voting booth. It is an insult to the sanctity of marriage and just shows that the lefties on the judiciary are completely out of touch with mainstream America. Obviously, the gays are flooding this message board with congratulations, but justice will prevail. I urge all those who are against this ruling to call your legislator immediately.
Wonderful-the best part is the quote by the judge!
Suburban Mom, Duxbury
Why did it take so long? And why are people getting so worked up about equality? It should be a non issue: "We Hold These truths to be self evident.. that all men are created equal.." I don't remember anything in the Declaration of Independance that said all men are created equal UNLESS they are homosexual. Get a grip America! It's time to stop the fighting - Isn't there enough inthe world????
Me, Anytown Massachusetts
It's about bloody time. Call it what you want, civil union, mariage, life partnership or vulcan mind meld for all I care. How can true love between two consenting adults be wrong?
Today's news reminds me why I choose to live in Massachusetts. Now there will a greater ability for same sex couples to care for one another leading to a better integrated society where individuals have more avenues to provide care for on another emotionally, financially and medically. This will serve to strengthen the institution of marriage, by recognizing that in the eyes of the state, marriage is about a partnership of individual citizens rather than one constricted to selected religious doctrine. All adult citizens will now have to right to form loving, life-long partnerships, which can increase the quality of life for both same sex couples and for their families and children. Thank you to the Justices of the SJC who found that the right to marriage is inherently granted by the Massachusetts constitution to all couples. It is not the law that needs to change, only the practice of carrying it out.
Mark, Jamaica Plain
This is wonderful, and a fantastic step forward, hopefully the first of many! Marriage as a civil and legal entity should not be barred to any based on the outdated prejudices of religion - that's what separation of church and state means, that's the principle on which our nation is founded. And shame on those of you who feel a need to post your hatred here in the name of God -- are you so arrogant to suppose you can speak for God? God has seen fit to give people love for one another, in wonderful diversity. Who are we not to honor and cherish that gift wherever we find it? Take the time to think with your heart, not your fears. -A minister in Amherst.
This ruling really makes me proud to live in Massachusetts, among people who have enough sense to realize the importance of such a huge human rights issue. Hopefully this is the start of a new era, where everyone's beliefs and lifestyles are respected.