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?
This is a long overdue decision recognizing that we should all be equal under the law, regardless of who we love.
Way to go, Massachusetts! This is a long-awaited step in the right direction.
I cant believe we beat out California ?
Bill , Waltham
Hi there, We were so excited to see the ruling favored today!! We would like to consider marriage but have always felt that this would not be a possiblity. However, today marks a wonderful day in history! Thank you all for your involvement in making this possible! -Jeff and Eric
Jeff & Eric , Sutton, MA
Hallelujah! It's about time. I'm a straight woman -- I like men. But why should that afford me civil rights not accorded to my friends? We function under a premise of equal protection under the law. I would like just one religious conservative to give me a good reason againt the legalization of gay marriage besides "Well, the Bible says so." This country has separation of Church and State for a reason; the Christian Bible does NOT equal civil law. I would also like to be told *exactly* how permitting MORE marriages destroys the institution of marriage, because I have yet to hear a decent argument on that. If the Right wants to be taken seriously, they need to give a better reason than, "it does because I said so." I don't think a positive argument against it exists. I am thrilled that my Commonwealth, that I have called home for nearly 23 years, has taken this step towards recognizing my friends and peers as full and equal citizens. It's past time.
Katherine , Allston, MA
The SJC -- bless 'em! -- today recognized the essential dignity and right to equality of committed same-sex couples. No matter what politicians in Massachusetts and elsewhere do next, may this day be remembered forever in the annals of American history and justice!
Kathy , Cary, North Carolina
This is a great day for Mass. This state has allways been different and that is why I moved here 30 years ago
Bob , Arlington Ma
Yet another instance of liberal judicial tyranny. Nothing in the Constitution mandates gay marriage. What "solution" can the Legislature possibly come up to satisfy this leftist court, other than gay marriage? (It may be labelled as a "civil union" to mask its radicalism.) This type of judicial tyranny was too much even for leftist Vermont, and a Republican was elected Governor there. Similarly, this will result in an electoral boost for Republicans in Mass. and nationwide.
Bob, Charlottesville, VA
God is not pleased. There is right and wrong whether or not you want to believe it. We are calling good evil and evil good. We will not prosper in this country.
Linda , Mattapan
FANTASTIC! A victory for all of us today -- the best days are the ones in which JUSTICE rolls down. The state (any state) has no business erecting barriers to rights (making them privileges) for any citizen. Today's ruling is a recognition of that. Congratulations to all of you in Mass, and to those hard working activists, advocates, lawyers and nearly married couples who filed this suit--THANKS!
Kat , Maryland