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?
It's about time. I'm not gay, but know people who are. You can't help who you fall in love with. It's who you are. Now gay partners can have the same rights as my wife receives from me. Health Insurance, death benefits, etc. But more important, they can join together their love not just in legal terms, but before God. I think God has a big smile on his face today. Now all of his flock are treated equally, as they should be. It's good to know in these times when the right winged religous conservative nuts think that only they are right, that some sense has come to this screwed up world we live in. That private matters concerning the person you want to spend the rest of your life with legally, is now law. It still amazes me that this was not a god given right and the courts had to settle it.
God Bless the SJC! God is VERY pleased today to see that LOVE overcomes! Marriage is about LOVE! It doesn't matter what gender you love, as long as the love is true! Remember that God = Love! Jeff in Newton Straight but not Narrow!
Jeff, Newton Centre
I'm glad I moved out of state.....
Chris, formerly of Brockton
A victory for fairness and equal treatment. I'm proud of my home state and their corageous step above the purile and mean spirited discourse practiced in so much of the rest of this country.
It's about time.
What is wrong with thes people! Marriage is between man and woman. I don't care who they choose to love or sleep with but if they want marriage it is pretty spelled out what that mean. I am feed-up with the world wanting to be satisfied. We're going to Hell in a handbasket and no one seems to care as long as "I get what I want" Shame on you Massachuette Highest Court! Ther IS a higher court tan you!!
I think it's great news. It's time for us to all begin to focus on our commonality, instead of our differences. Many gay and lesbian Americans simply want to live their lives, to love, to work on being better people, better parents, better members of the community - just like their straight counterparts. Every step our culture takes towards making us all equal enables us to focus on the larger things we have left to do as a planet - to end hunger, to end pain, to be kinder and more supportive of our neighbors. The less time we spend fighting, the more time we get to spend growing. Until now, what would you have a committed gay person do? Have no love? Date but never commit? There has been no end game for gays and lesbians, as far as the far right lobby has been concerned. They're promiscuous, but when they try to commit, you won't let them. That is illogical. The court sees the logic in giving every American a chance to live in monogamy. That's good law, good culture, good economics. It's good for families. We're getting there.
Anthony, Savannah, GA
The ruling does not take anything away from me as a married man, so I am not opposed to gay marriage. I see it as a civil rights issue - government has been dragging its feet for years in keeping tax breaks, legal rights, etc. from gays. If they had an even playing field in life, so to speak, they probably wouldn't care if they could marry or not. THey deserve tax breaks as families and the right to visit their loved ones in the hospital, and to share benefits just like they share their life with one another.
Awful! Simply pathetic. I'm moving out of this state. But it will permeate the rest of this nation. I am so mad, I can't speak. I don't know what to say. It's hopeless, this nation and this state is hopeless. God help us.
I'm glad I moved...
Chris, Philadelphia (formerly of Brockton)