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?
The conservatives are insisting that this is wrong becaue of God's dictation in the bible. Well, why is He allowing it to happen? The religous faction is, as always, hippocritical in its view that God is in charge, yet he obviously isn't. So either he doesn't oppose this or he doesn't exist - pick one and get over it.
Steven, Jamaica Plain, MA
This is a great day for our fine state.
Its about time! The battle has been going on for a long time and there is still much more to go. But as far as the people believing this is the worst thing that could happen, we need to remember there is a seperation of church and state in the country. And I for one am very happy for that fact!
As a Mass resident I am proud to see that our state has chosen to defend the rights of all and not just a select few. Though I imagine some residents are not happy with the ruling, that is fine, they can leave if they want to practice hate and grant "selective" rights to some and ignore the legal rights of others. Our state helped found this nation by taking a mighty step in its first rebellions from England. It is great to see our tradition of casting out hate and tyranny has continued and I will hope and pray it continues for future generations. By taking down barriers we help show our children and others that equality is one of the main facets of society and it is the role of society to consider and respect all despite our person feelings. It is also important to note that religion holds no place in government as deemed by our fore fathers for the very purpose to cast out discrimination and persecution. Gay people are cast with blame quite often for no apparent reason outside of religion trying to further itself where it should not.
JAMES E., FALL RIVER
I take much offense to Kevin, Cambridge who, from one side of his mouth is saying that WE who DO NOT APPROVE of the courts' ruling, are the hypocrits. Really now? Ok, to answer your question on where we get that cocami idea that marriage is between a MAN and a WOMAN-um-the BIBLE dude--you know, the #1 selling book EVER. Please DO NOT tell me I hate ANYONE because that has to be the BIGGEST bigoted LIE I have ever heard. I just DO NOT AGREE (which since you are so up on what is constitutional and all) with the decision--NOTHING good is going to come of this. By the way-I have plenty of gay friends-I do NOT hate them. I just disagree with their lifestyle and it has NEVER been an issue. God help us ALL
What's the big deal? If I had waited around for 'society' to legally approve of my various relationships through the years I'd still be waiting for an OK on sex in the 1960s. Considering the divorce rate of 50+% for heterosexuals, lawyers will be the only big beneficiaries. However cynical and caustic I may sound, I have been married, once, quite happily to a woman, since 1988. Oh and of course the supermarket tabloids should benfit greatly too from ugly prolonged gay celebrity divorces: Just what we need to increase the quality of public discussion, right?
The Bill of Rights granted us freedom of religion. It's about time we also had freedom from religion, and the right to not have our lives dictated by the short-sighted hate-mongering of a religious minority in this country. Thank you Mass Supreme Court for finally making justice truly supreme.
Amy, Philadelphia, PA
Once again, Massachusetts proves it'sthe Land of Milk and Honey for people so far out there it's rediculous. I was a life long Democrat but over the last six or so years I've move to the center. And after the bi-lingual issue I will never vote Democratic again. At lunch I hear many folks totally dismayed by this state and how it's run, many wonder what has happen to the voters wishes. You know whats happen, we have become France..
Great. Now, EVERYONE can experience the joys of divorce. If gays think their "marriages" will be any more successful than those of straight people, well, they'd best think again.... They will rhue this day.
This is truly a sad day for Massachusetts and America! What is this country coming to? This is morally wrong, but, oh, I forgot, that's being politically incorrect! What bull crap! It's time now for Christians to unite and fight all these atrocities!
Inga, Andover, MA