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?
To all those who keep invoking "the word of God" when opposing today's gay marriage decision, I would like to point out that it is only the word of man that it is the word of God.
Because of this ruling, the liberals and the ACLU are another step closer to destroying this country. Its a very sad time when the left-wing Judicial System of America has the ability to pass rulings that show homosexuality is more acceptable than Christianity.
Audra, Marietta, GA
This decision is fantastic! Gay and lesbian couples who choose to marry deserve the same rights and privileges that heterosexual couples enjoy. Most Americans, especially a majority of young people like myself recognize that. Legal recognition of marriage between same sex couples is not about religion or sociology, but equal rights under the law ; this decision is a major civil rights victory. We should all work to make sure the full intent of this ruling is adhered to by the legislature. And the super DOMA in Massachusetts should be dropped!!
Libby (Young Democrats of Mass.), Cambridge, MA
People continue to claim how this is a slap in the face for the church and god. Were all the priests who molested those little boys slapping the church in the face as well? How can one stand behind the face of a church as claiming a decision is wrong when the very church these "moral" catholic people stand behind also stands behind child molesters and in fact protects them and hides them from their wrong doings. Need we forget the debacle that has ensued for well over two years in this state. That is what Massachusetts should be ashamed of, not accepting that everyone gay or straight is a human being entitled to the rights of the country. I am not a flaming liberal, nor am I some nutty right wing christian coalition member, just a member of society that believes in the alienable rights of ALL American people, regardless of race, color, creed, or sexual orientation
This is a courageous decision, and the right one. Civil rights for homosexual couples is one of, if not the, most pressing human rights issue of our times. It is long since time that people realize that arguments against gay rights are the same as the arguments that were once made against desegregation. Just change the label of the people being oppressed. People who object to this decision should check their religious beliefs at the door when they argue about civil society. It is simply irrelevant to the discussion that their religion preaches intolerance and hatred.
I think this is outrageous. I feel that some rights, such as marriage, are sacred. Marriage is for a family: man and woman create. I do belive that legal rights similar to marriage should be given to same sex "unions", but not all the rights due to biologial truths(ie - birth, etc...). If there is to be equality among same sex unions then go deeper. Women can get invetro: Men can't. In keeping with equality, women unioins should share the same rights as the man's. The equality that this ruling brings harbors many issues that are not equal at all.
As an attorney and the brother in law of a gay man, I applaud this decision. The SJC really took a bold step and got it right. Contrary to religious belief, civil marriage has nothing to do with religion. All it takes is a justice of the peace. Those religions (which I won't mention by name) that don't believe in homosexuality, never mind gay marriage, can continue to believe in those outdated principles. But, they cannot impose their religious beliefs on others and upon the State. Now I hope the Legislature will do the right thing and enact a fair, equal and just civil union law (they should just call it marriage), giving same sex marriages equal treatment to that of traditional marriages.
It's not right. How do they have kids with out Adoption or Adultery? It's not the human norm. It's wrong outright, we might as well make everything legal that is wrong.
Annomynous, BiIlerica, MA.
You see in this country, we have this wonderful thing called THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. I don't care about your religious ceremonies, I just want the right to get a LEGAL document called a MARRIAGE LICENSE that gives my partner and I all the legal, tax, hospital, visitation rights and benefits that are granted to heterosexual couples.
Adam, Boston's Formerly Gay South End
This is just another poor decision from the Ultra liberal Mass Supreme Court. This decision highlights the need for judicial reform in this State and in this Country. Let's just PRAY TO GOD the legislature does the right thing and outlines marriage as a union between 1 man and 1 woman.