Massachusetts gay marriage decision
CNN -- Underscoring its original ruling last November, Massachusetts' highest court said Wednesday that only full marriage rights for gay couples, not civil unions, would conform to the state's constitution. The ruling sets the stage for Massachusetts later this year to likely become the first state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages. We must do what is legally necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage. In his State of the Union address January 20, the president stopped short of endorsing a constitutional amendment that would ban marriages for gay and lesbian couples, as social conservative groups had hoped. But he said, " Wednesday's advisory opinion by the Massachusetts court was in response to a request from that state's Senate about whether allowing gays to join in civil unions would be sufficient.
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15 years later, gay couple recalls their role in Massachusetts' historic marriage ruling
Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts - Wikipedia
Against a backdrop of whoops and cheers and a party that spilled onto the streets, gay and lesbian couples here began filling out applications for marriage licenses at a. The couples were led down a series of wooden staircases at Cambridge City Hall that were decorated with white bridal organza. Shepherd, 52, choked up and said, ''There's some kid somewhere that's watching this and it's going to change his whole life. It's amazing. By nightfall on Sunday, hundreds of people -- couples waiting to apply for licenses and supporters of their right to do so -- had surged toward the Romanesque stone building and formed a boisterous and ebullient crowd that spilled onto the street.
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High Court in Massachusetts Rules Gays Have Right to Marry
In , Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favour of gays and lesbians, a decision which has stirred mixed reactions from different people worldwide. The practice is spreading fast, and becoming accepted by different countries and states, among them New Hampshire, Columbia, Connecticut, Vermont, California, New York, and Oregon. Other countries though, have strongly opposed the practice, with others passing legislation against it.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ignited a nationwide debate in late when it ruled that the state must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Almost overnight, same-sex marriage became a major national issue, pitting religious and social conservatives against gay-rights advocates and their allies. Over the next year, the ensuing battle over gay marriage could be heard in the halls of the U. Congress, in dozens of state legislatures and in the rhetoric of election campaigns at the national and state level.