Gay marriage in Massachusetts

11.18.03

Gay marriage in Massachusetts?

The highest court in Massachusetts ruled on Tuesday that the state cannot bar gays and lesbians from marrying, but it stopped short of ordering the state to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In a 4-3 ruling that could make Massachusetts the first state to legalize gay marriage, the Supreme Judicial Court said the state may not deny the rights conferred by civil marriage to two individuals of the same sex who wish to marry.

“We declare that barring an individual from the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violates the Massachusetts Constitution,” the court said in its ruling.

When the Canadian Supreme Court issued a similar ruling, world war three nearly erupted here. And this is Canada. Something tells me the American controversy will be even bigger.

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