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?
What kind of crap is this -- it's bad enough the insurance recognizes gays and I have to pay for it -- this is an outrage!
straight broad, cambridge
Watch out MA, the liberals have taken over. Vote Republican to stop this nonsense. Bad decision, bad time. MA is the battle that will propel the Republican Party to ascendancy.
I think this was a dangerous ruling. It's one thing to allow homosexuals to marry, but we all know what comes next: children. Personally I don't think children should be raised in that kind of atmosphere but the courts will no doubt have to decide upon this after the marriage ruling. Other than that, is it that big a deal? A lot live together anyway so let them get married.
If people want to live in a theocracy, there are places to go where women can't vote or drive a car and where men can be punished by mutilation or death for trimming their beards, because that's the way God likes it. Our constitution establishes a secular government. Everyone has a right to their religious beliefs, but you have no right to make then into law. Gay people should have the same rights under the law as everyone else.
This is a travesty!!!! I am not surprised by the ruling by these liberals... This rulings is contrary to natural laws as well as the word of God. Shame on the SJC!!!!
Bob , East Walpole
Let me first get this out of the way: I believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Period. I mean, let's face it, there is no other way a baby can naturally be made. That's how nature works. However, I also don't believe that I or anyone else has the right to deny the financial and legal benefits to a couple that has demonstrated their commitment to each other. Therefore, my solution is this: give gays and lesbians all the rights that married heterosexual couples have (a legislative remedy), but just don't call it marriage (domestic partnership, civil unions are all correct terms for what this is).
Jason, Londonderry NH
This is great! Now we can really open the floodgates! You see, I'm a single (by choice) man, but I really want my sister to have all of the benefits available to her that she would have if she were my wife. I'm hoping this SJC, with its obvious "open mind," will let me marry my sister so she can have all of the benefits of a "wife." I am very committed to my sister and just want to be treated like everyone else.
Marriage ceremony as we know it was derived from the same sex marriage ceremony of the Ancient Greeks and Romans as outlined in John Boswell’s Book: Same Sex Unions in Pre-modern Europe. This scholarly work questions all notions of ownership of the marriage ceremony. Yet it lacks notoriety to the marriage question. If people were to consider the interpretations as outlined in this work, I think they may question the justification for current cultural biases defending exclusivity of heterosexual marriage. Also works to consider is Homosexuality Christianity and Social Intolerance by John Boswell, and the Church and the Homosexual by John J. McNeill. The latter calls into question the whole scriptural background that the Catholic Church cites in its teaching on homosexuality. Which is applicable to the situation to the Episcopal Church as a segment of its membership contends that a gay bishop is contrary to scriptural teachings. Therefore the contentions that God sanctions the out casting of Homosexual people to the same and equal rights and privileges as straight people is highly suspect.
David, Medway, MA
It's amazing how upset the far right gets about this issue. When is the last time ANYONE'S marriage whom you don't know has affected you? If you see two men or two women in line behind you at the bank, is the fact that they could POSSIBLY be a MARRIED gay or lesbian couple really going to change your day? Those who oppose this should stop masking their anger generated by ignorance behind a shroud of "moral righteousness".
Anthony, Boston, MA
It is a sad day is Massachusetts, it is absolutely disgusting. This is not what God defines as marriage.