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?
You folks in the Commonwealth think Finneran will play along? This will get interesting.
Sean, W Hartford
I am so thrilled, and so nervous as well. I'm very happy for the same-sex couples who will, in some future form, be able to benefit from the same legal protections and benefits of marriage. But I'm very nervous in that it's just this kind of ruling which will trigger a ferocious backlash against progressive agendas. It will allow the neoconservatives to crucify John Kerry over the rulling; it will mobilize the one man-one woman amendment supporters. And that's just a start. Everyone strap on your seatbelt, we're in for a bumpy ride.
Peg, Medford, MA
Yippee! Way to go MA - maybe I'll even move back there now.
Thank God! My partner and I were married a month ago in a beautiful ceremony at our Episcopal Church. We had a rockin' reception at the Omni Parker House where we were treated fabulously. Friends and family flew in from all over the country, including my Irish-Catholic family from the Bronx! Hopefully now we can legally be wed and obtain the protections that we need as we build our lives together. Next step is to oust Finneran, who is totally out of touch with his constituents. I should know-- I'm one of them. We've been treated wonderfully by our neighbors in Dorchester since we moved in three months ago. Too bad Finneran is still in the stone age. NH, Dorchester
So they want to rewrite the dictionary? Calling same-sex unions "marriage" totally undermines what marriage actually is. Homosexuals want the same benefits as married people -- fine, but don't call it something it isn't. Dean had the right answer with civil unions in VT. The next thing you know the homosexuals will want to be called "straight" and have heterosexuals called gays.
E. J., Bridgewater
This is an abomination to those of us who adhere to the religous laws of the church. Also just think of the confusion that we place in childrens minds at such a young age when there not fully capable of comprehending that which is going on around them. Now I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these people or of that which they chose to do. But can they not keep it to themselves out of the public eye. Marrige is one of GODS SACRED SACRIMENTS, which is a joining of MAN and WOMAN. To allow the act of same sex marriages would be blasphemous to sacrement not to mention apure slap in the face to GOD.
BRYAN G, CHICOPEE MA.
It is about time! I am hopeful that these loving couples will eventually be granted marriage licenses. I wish the court had granted them today.
Makes this straight man proud to be from Massachusetts. Good going!
Mike, New York
Hurray for the SJC!! It takes tremendous courage to go "against the tide" and I applaud them for their stand in today's ruling. It's about time that our gay and lesbian citizens were granted the same rights as heterosexual citizens. Last time I checked, our gay and lesbian neighbors paid the same taxes, worked at the same jobs, were good and loving parents. Who cares what they do in the privacy of their bedroom?
Today is a sad day for massachusetts. To think that we are yet another state to bow down to the gay epidemic( yes it is a disease that unfortunately our society now caters to). i guess we all get to see even more cars driving by with the gay rainbow on it now.