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Posted on 11/18/2003 3:02:45 PM PST by PhiKapMom
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2003
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Statement of Governor Dean on Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling>
MANCHESTER--Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D., issued the following statement today in response to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling:
"As Governor of Vermont, I was proud to sign the nation's first law establishing civil unions for same-sex couples. Today, the Massachusetts Court appears to have taken a similar approach to the Vermont Supreme Court and its decision that led to our civil unions law. One way or another, the state should afford same-sex couples equal treatment under law in areas such as health insurance, hospital visitation and inheritance rights.
"There will be those who try to use the decision today to divide Americans. Instead, this decision should be viewed as an opportunity to affirm what binds us together -- a fundamental belief in the equality of human beings, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation."
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Some will protest that this is not of sufficient import for amending the Constitution, but it is the traditional family that is the basis for our entire culture and society.
November 18, 2003
For Immediate Release
I have long believed that gay men and lesbians should be assured equal protection and the same benefits from health to survivor benefits to hospital visitation - that all families deserve. While I continue to oppose gay marriage, I believe that todays decision calls on the Massachusetts state legislature to take action to ensure equal protection for gay couples. These protections are long over due.
"I agree with 3,000 years of recorded history. I disagree with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts," Republican Gov. Mitt Romney said. "Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman ... and our constitution and laws should reflect that."
This alone could get you four more years.
General Clark Responds to the Massachusetts Court Decision
"As a society we should be looking for ways to bring us together and as someone who supports the legal rights of all Americans regardless of sexual-orientation, I appreciate todays decision. As President, I would support giving gays and lesbians the legal rights that married couples get. If the Massachusetts legislature decides to legalize same-sex marriages, it will be up to each state to decide whether those marriages will be valid in their state-- and that is a choice each state, not the courts, will have to make.
My hope is that disagreements over this issue can be handled with tolerance and understanding."
Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, who is openly gay, said the decision "will enhance the lives of probably thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of Massachusetts citizens, and will have no negative effects on anyone else." Rep. Marty Meehan agreed. "There will be some from the right who will try to paint a picture that this will somehow be an infringement on heterosexual couples, I don't view it that way," said Meehan, also a Democrat.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said the decision was a "welcome new milestone on the road to full civil rights for all our citizens.
"It's wrong for any state to discriminate against gays and lesbians by denying them the many benefits and protections that the laws of the state provide for married couples," Kennedy said.
Statement Of Senator Edwards On Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decision
Senator John Edwards (D-NC) released the following statement today:
"As I have long said, I believe gay and lesbian Americans are entitled to equal respect and dignity under our laws. While I personally do not support gay marriage, I recognize that different states will address this in different ways, and I will oppose any effort to pass an amendment to the United States Constitution in response to the Massachusetts decision.
"We are a nation comprised of men and women from all walks of life. It is in our national character to provide equal opportunity to all, and this is what unites our country, in laws and in shared purpose. That is why today, we must also reach out to those individuals who will try to exploit this decision to further divide our nation, and ask them to refrain from that effort."
Incompatible goals. We have to realize that it is not an equal protection issue.
ARLINGTON, VA -- Joe Lieberman issued the following response to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's ruling allowing same-sex unions in the state:
"Although I am opposed to gay marriage, I have also long believed that states have the right to adopt for themselves laws that allow same-sex unions. I will oppose any attempts by the right wing to change the Constitution in response to today's ruling, which would be unnecessary and divisive."
Thank you, Mr. Governor. I voted for this man.
Looks like it is playing out that way, though notice the weasel-statement by Kerry who says he "opposes" homosexual marriage but "supports equal rights" for homosexual couples. If he keeps waffling like that, folks will start confusing him with Wesley Clark. LOL.
Is this the mother of all waffles or what?
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