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    In Which NTodd Says His Peace

Wednesday, February 04, 2004
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Good news


CNN:

The Massachusetts high court ruled Wednesday that only full, equal marriage rights for gay couples -- rather than civil unions -- would be constitutional, erasing any doubts that the nation's first same-sex marriages could take place in the state beginning in mid-May.

The court issued the opinion in response to a request from the state Senate about whether Vermont-style civil unions, which convey the state benefits of marriage -- but not the title -- would meet constitutional muster.

"The history of our nation has demonstrated that separate is seldom, if ever, equal," the four justices who ruled in favor of gay marriage wrote in the advisory opinion. A bill that would allow for civil unions, but falls short of marriage, makes for "unconstitutional, inferior, and discriminatory status for same-sex couples."

I expect MA to feel God's wrath any minute, just like we did in VT. Oh wait...

Anyway, this is indeed good news. As many of you might recall, I don't actually care what you call the institution so long as civil rights are preserved. That said, I certainly love the idea of making marriage an equal opportunity deal. Take that, Ohio!

ntodd 
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