Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Massachusetts ruling: a mixed bag story another story
The Supreme Court of Massachustetts has struck down the ban on same sex marriage in the case Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.

Here is a link to the opinion. Apparently, there is no immediacy in implementing the decision. "The Supreme Judicial Court's 4-3 ruling ordered the Legislature to come up with a solution within 180 days." (AP) It's possible the state leg could respond not by giving people equal rights, as the court asked, but instead, change the state constitution to overrule the court. Not creating a solution and volleying back to another branch of government is probably the compromise necessary to get the 4th vote in a 4-3 decision. Mass. joins Vermont, Alaska, & Hawaii in ruling in this way. Alaska & Hawaii responded with constitutional amendments which clearly defined homosexuals as lessor citizens, while Vermont put forth a weak Civil Unions bill. I doubt gay persons will be married in Massachusetts anytime soon.

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