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?
I think it's more than appropriate. People are people. Who cares who they choose to love?
Kay, Newburyport, MA
I have argued for many years that state-approved "marriage" is an absurd concept. The notion that people (of any number, sex, and shoe-size combination) need to have the government validate their love or commitment to each other is preposterous on its face. Most of the alleged benefits that flow from this state approval (except for tax implications and these can cut both ways) can be relatively easily obtained through a legal contract such as a will, living or otherwise. I am happy to see that the SJC has driven another nail into the increasingly stout coffin of state-sanctioned marriage as a meaningful institution. It should be abolished entirely and this action is a welcome move in that direction.
I applaud the ruliing since I believe the court is right on the matters of principle and law but that sustaining marriage rights for gays and lesbians will require the legislature to participate. If the court had acted unilaterally it would be almost sure to spawn a reactionary reponse. This way the legislature has a chance to address the core issue: how to provide equal civil protections to all committed couples and their families that can withstand the expected political back lash that is sure to come from some quarters because of their opposition to same-sex couple marriage.
My though? Finally.
Peter , Haverhill
While certainly an emotional issue, people have quickly forgotten the role of the Supreme Judicial Court: it is to interpret law it is written and NOT to decide what is "right" and what is "wrong". They have completely overstepped their bounds as a separate JUDICIAL branch, trying to circumnavigate the legislative process. Agree or disagree, it is an embarrassment for our state that this excess in power and discretion goes unchecked. For those that think they've won, there remains a long and winding road to go before civil unions are recognized. The SJC does not, and can not, issue moral victories or defeats, only offer the legal voice of interpretation. Conversely, the issue must ONLY be dealt with in the Legislature, where the voice of the people can be heard.....either that, or through the referendum process.
I'm straight but not narrow. I feel in no way threatened by this. There is nothing to be lost and only everything to be gained by acceptance. People who are different than youself can only serve to enrich your life experiences in ways that you would never expect.
It's sad to see some many close-minded people who think that this is wrong. I am a straight woman and do not see anything wrong with this. When it comes down to it, we're all human, and every human is entitled to a life full of happiness. If this is what the homosexual community wants, we have no right to say no. ESPECIALLY since it doesn't hurt anyone else. Lighten up people and worry about important things, like kids who can't read or don't have any food.
Kara, Arlington, MA
As a gay male, I am excited beyond belief... the courts wording is so strong and affirming. The SJC ruling held that the Massachusetts constitution "forbids the creation of second-class citizens." Wow. What more is there to say? I hadn't allowed myself to dream this would happen in my lifetime, nevermind so soon. I really can't believe it. I actually cried.
About time! Hopefully the Republicans won't shoot this down, though they sure will try. My husband and I have been together almost 6 years and it would be great to be married, though to all of our friends and family gay and straight, we already are.
Thank you GLAD and the SJC for having the courage to make this happen. My partner's and my 16-year engagement can finally be fulfilled.