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?
Everyone should have the right to live there life and take care of the ones they love!
We the people
Congradulations Massachusetts and Thank You to GLAD for all your hard work.
Warren, Atkinson, NH
This is great news. It is about time that same-sex couples will be entitled to the same legal benefits as opposite-sex couples. It's amazing that it took this long. It seems like not that long ago marriage between inter-racial couples were illegal. I would have thought that we would have learned something from that. Love is love - Whether it's between opposite-sex, same-sex, or inter-racial couples. It should and now is - all legal.
I have been a tax paying citizen of Massachusetts since I was 14 years old. I believe that I should be entitled to the same rights and priviledges as any individual of the Commonwealth. I can now marry the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with. I can now do this with dignity, respect, love and most of all as my constitutional right.
Catherine, North Reading
Even though I'm straight, I have a lot of gay friends and I know how important and exciting this decision is! It's about time! I hope MA becomes a model for other states. Let's just hope that the Legislature won't ruin this historic and groundbreaking decision!
Another super minority obtaining special privledges from a liberal court. Next dogs will be able to vote. Parents will not be able to raise their children in light of their best judgement (oh, yeah, that was taken away already). As a franco-American,I demand the right to obtain free brie and wine weekly!
I am so happy, now my lover and I can now have the rights others do. I think this will allow a lot of us to come out of the closet. Being a 26 year old living in Hingham it's tough to be gay. Most of my friends don't even know. This is a step in the right direction
Billy T., Hingham
The state, court, federal government, etc. should all have their hands OFF of marriage. The state should not be issuing marriage licences in the first place! Marriage is a religious institution and is between two people and their god/God/diety/whatever. The government's involvement is clearly in conflict of the Constitution's separation of church and state. The state should end the issuing of marriage licenses and start issuing "legal entity" licenses (to any couple!) and let people marry in the religious institution of their choice.
This decision is wonderful! Any idiot with a birth certificate indicating a legal age of 18 can get married, why should respectable, law-abiding, tax-paying, intelligent, committed couples be denied that right simply on the basis of their sexual orientation? I am married, and I love my husband more than anything, and you had better believe that if something ever happened to him I would be by his side -- nothing on earth could stop me! Why should that be any different for a gay or lesbian couple? Why should I be automatically granted specific rights simply because of the fact that I'm married to a man? Because God says so? Last time I checked, not only did God love all his children, but His church was also separated from our state for good reason.
As a straight man I have never been prouder to be from Massachusetts. I hope same sex couples from all over the country flock to our fair state as a result of this ruling. (And after they move here they better remember to register to vote!)