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Massachusetts same-sex marriage pioneers split up (no surprise alert!)
Reuters ^

Posted on 07/21/2006 12:46:14 PM PDT by NYer

BOSTON (Reuters) - The lesbian couple whose landmark lawsuit helped Massachusetts become the only state in America where same-sex couples can marry legally have split up, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

Julie and Hillary Goodridge and six other gay and lesbian couples sued Massachusetts for the right to marry and won when the state's highest court ruled narrowly for them in 2003.

Their suit helped spark a nationwide debate on gay marriage.

The women "are amicably living apart," Mary Breslauer, a spokeswoman for the couple said. "As always their number one priority is raising their daughter, and like the other plaintiff couples in this case, they made an enormous contribution toward equal marriage. But they are no longer in the public eye, and request that their privacy be respected."

They have not filed for divorce.

Julie and Hillary Goodridge married on May 17, 2004, the first day same-sex couples were allowed to wed, in a festive ceremony attended by dozens of journalists.

Their daughter, Annie, accompanied the women down the aisle serving as ring bearer and flower girl while guests hummed "Here Come the Brides."

News of their split upset many who had supported their quest for same-sex marriage. "We are very sad for them," said Carisa Cunningham, a spokeswoman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Two states -- Connecticut and Vermont -- have legalized same-sex civil unions. California, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., offer gay and lesbian couples some legal rights as partners.

The debate over gay marriage recently has heated up again in Massachusetts after the state's Supreme Judicial Court last week ruled that voters can decide whether to ban same-sex unions.

If enough lawmakers in the state's legislature approve the measure, it will be put on the 2008 ballot for a popular vote.


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1 posted on 07/21/2006 12:46:18 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Coleus; Mr. Silverback

Ping!


2 posted on 07/21/2006 12:46:55 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

I hope She take Her to the cleaners!


3 posted on 07/21/2006 12:47:39 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: NYer
Awwww, so sad. Who didn't see this coming?

"As always their number one priority is raising their daughter,

Heck, if it were guys the number one priority would be who gets the gerbil.
4 posted on 07/21/2006 12:47:57 PM PDT by proud_yank (If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until its free.)
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To: NYer

This is all show. Probably planned from the start to show how there is no difference in a normal marriage. They were wrong when they started this and they are still wrong.


5 posted on 07/21/2006 12:49:14 PM PDT by oflyboy
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To: NYer
"Look at me, I'm in my Lesbian phase of finding myself!"
6 posted on 07/21/2006 12:49:24 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: NYer
Their daughter, Annie

How does that work?

7 posted on 07/21/2006 12:50:07 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: NYer
I feel sorry for the kid. Raised by two "married" women, now a child of divorce...some therapist is going to make a ton of money off her someday.
8 posted on 07/21/2006 12:51:20 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: NYer

Gay "marriage" - Supported and encouraged by other gays and divorce lawyers.


9 posted on 07/21/2006 12:51:23 PM PDT by Humidston (Congress is like the Mafia - NO PAY, NO PLAY.)
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To: NYer

When you call it "same-sex marriage" rather than a sodomite relationship, you play into the hands of the queers.


10 posted on 07/21/2006 12:51:28 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: NYer
"But they are no longer in the public eye, and request that their privacy be respected."

Typical liberal mindset. Throw a tantrum - get their way - loose interest and move on. A true sign of a mature outlook.

11 posted on 07/21/2006 12:53:27 PM PDT by VRWCtaz (A challenge to Liberals: I will read any book you name - if you will do the same. (very few takers))
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To: mtbopfuyn
Their daughter, Annie.How does that work?

A lovely dinner.Some Chablis.A light-in-the-loafers X chromosome friend...

A turkey baster...

13 posted on 07/21/2006 12:55:07 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: NYer
"... request that their privacy be respected."

After they put their sex life on display for all the world, they now request privacy?

14 posted on 07/21/2006 12:55:11 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: NYer

There they go......Lickety-Split!


15 posted on 07/21/2006 12:55:11 PM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: NYer

"Your Honor, I request a divorce from my husband/wife because I discovered that he/she is a Lesbian."

Judge: "Oh yeah? What part of Lesbia is she from?"

rimshot . . .


16 posted on 07/21/2006 12:56:53 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (WARNING: Alcohol may cause you to think you are whispering when you are definitely not.)
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To: TRY ONE

BWAAAA!


17 posted on 07/21/2006 1:00:32 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

C'mon...please don't use 'rimshot' and 'lesbian' in the same post. My fragile imagination can't deal with that combo.


18 posted on 07/21/2006 1:01:19 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Just another evil conservative)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

Bang goes another mouthful of coffee!

If I keep dealing with you guys I'm going to have to keep a bathtowel and a bottle of windex on my desk.

(For more yucks check out the Australian Drinking Study below.)


19 posted on 07/21/2006 1:06:04 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (WARNING: Alcohol may cause you to think you are whispering when you are definitely not.)
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To: NYer

It was always more about tearing down laws, barriers, and morals.

The gay couple (triangle actually) in Lawrence v. Texas split up too. And the jealous (and abuse lover) who placed the call that day was murdered (while an assault charge against his lover was about to go to trial).

It is the sordid love that won't shut up (but that is very very fickle).


20 posted on 07/21/2006 1:08:12 PM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: mtbopfuyn

Re "Their daughter, Annie,"

THEY don't disclose which woman is the mother...
or if EITHER is the birth mother. But they used
the kid as part of their lawsuit. So WHAT is supposed
to happen to the girl's psyche now that these two
idiots have screwed up on their very CHERISHED
vows to each other? I doubt she has many friends
who can boast of two mothers but no Dad!

"The Goodridges, lead plaintiffs in the landmark case Goodridge v. the Massachusetts Dept. of Health which gained same sex couples the freedom to legally marry in Massachusetts, were united in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. William G. Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and Deborah Kay, an attorney and close friend of the Goodridges. Annie Goodridge, Julie and Hillary's eight-year-old daughter whose questions about why her mothers couldn't be married sparked a three-year legal battle, acted as jubilant ring bearer and flower girl, and beamed during the entire ceremony from the front row."

For the full article, check out:

http://www.uua.org/news/2004/040517c.html





21 posted on 07/21/2006 1:08:55 PM PDT by Grendel9 (quen)
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To: NYer

Now they're both out looking for some new carpet.


22 posted on 07/21/2006 1:10:23 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: -Jonathon-

I put it more in the column under landmark legal decisions that were pushed by people who did not have their best interests at stake.

"Jane Roe" regrets her abortion.

Atheist Madeline Murray O'Hare's son became a Christian anyway.


23 posted on 07/21/2006 1:10:31 PM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Donut BUMP!


24 posted on 07/21/2006 1:10:49 PM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: Grendel9

Speaking of idiots, wonder how this one
feels about the rationality of HIS participation
now!

"In celebrating the marriage of Julie and Hillary Goodridge, the Rev. Sinkford also performed his first legal wedding since making the decision to not sign marriage licenses as long as legal marriage was denied to same-sex couples. Sinkford said, "It was great privilege to participate in the marriage of this loving and committed couple. It is a great and happy day for Unitarian Universalism and for all of the citizens of the Commonwealth." "

Anyone know what in hell "Unitarian Universalism" is?
Sounds like he has one of those 90 day diplomas granting
him a Reverend title!


25 posted on 07/21/2006 1:12:46 PM PDT by Grendel9 (quen)
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To: NYer

Rush had some insight on this today. These same two pro-oligarchs are now attempting to create gay-divorce jurisprudence (going through the legislature is just too much trouble).


26 posted on 07/21/2006 1:13:53 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Grendel9

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarian_Universalism


27 posted on 07/21/2006 1:14:12 PM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: Grendel9

Unitarian Universlism....

http://www.contenderministries.org/unitarianuniv.php


28 posted on 07/21/2006 1:15:44 PM PDT by Grendel9 (quen)
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To: Grendel9

In a survey [1] not sponsored by the UUA, Unitarian Universalists in the United States were asked which provided term or set of terms best describe their belief. Many respondents chose more than one term to describe their beliefs. The top choices were:

Humanist - 54%
Agnostic - 33%
Earth-centered - 31%
Atheist - 18%
Buddhist - 16.5%
Christian - 13.1%
Pagan - 13.1%

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The religion of Agnostics and Atheists (which are likely NOT respondents to both)


29 posted on 07/21/2006 1:16:15 PM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: Gay State Conservative
A few years ago I had a thread pulled over the Turkey Baster issue.
30 posted on 07/21/2006 1:17:28 PM PDT by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: Grendel9

Having read THAT, I now believe
them a Congregation of Looney Tunes!

Thanks.


32 posted on 07/21/2006 1:29:13 PM PDT by Grendel9 (quen)
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To: Grendel9
It was great privilege to participate in the marriage of this loving and committed couple.

Oh yes ... a commitment of 2 years.

33 posted on 07/21/2006 1:32:51 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

You mean there's no lasting value in a marriage with no spiritual basis? You could have knocked me over with a feather.


34 posted on 07/21/2006 1:33:22 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: -Jonathon-

And homosexuals who have no plans to ever get married also benefit because of the "normalizing" of their chosen lifestyle.


35 posted on 07/21/2006 1:39:40 PM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: weegee

They are the church of the holy humping hedonist.

If its all about feeeeeeeling good that that is ONLY what it is about.

They are homosexuals and their sole existence is based on a sexual act. Their marriage is based ONLY upon a sexual gratification.

No gratification the hedonistic marriage ends.

IOW this is jut proof that homosexual acts contribute nothing positive to society.


36 posted on 07/21/2006 1:45:05 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

The children in some of these relationships are window dressing too.

Cute when they are small but a burden when both adults have to raise the child.


37 posted on 07/21/2006 1:48:51 PM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: -Jonathon-

Despite the fact there are people who don't regret having an abortion, these kind of legal decisions diminish us all.


38 posted on 07/21/2006 1:52:25 PM PDT by adgirl
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To: NYer
They cited irreconcilable similarities.
39 posted on 07/21/2006 1:57:52 PM PDT by FormerLib ("...the past ten years in Kosovo will be replayed here in what some call Aztlan.")
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To: -Jonathon-
This is important because straight people never seperate from eachother and never have kids when they do it. /sarcasm

If every heterosexual couple, with or without children, divorced it would still not lend one iota of legitimacy to homosexual 'unions'.

40 posted on 07/21/2006 1:59:34 PM PDT by jla
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To: -Jonathon-
There are also people that don't regret murdering other people. Or raping children. Or corporate fraud. I am sure all of those while be highly benefited by having those activities legalized. Strangely, that thought does not make me want to legalize any of that.
43 posted on 07/21/2006 2:08:21 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: -Jonathon-
" I guess I just don't see how it diminishes us all. If you can please explain."

So far 47,000,000 lives have been snuffed out due to abortion--that's 1/3 of the generation of people under 35. Think of all the contributions those people if they'd been allowed to live could have made to our society, think of all the talent wasted, all the lives lost. All the people alone today whose "soul mate" may have never made it past whatever trimester the Supreme Court made it legal to kill them. I'd say that diminishes us.

We are diminished as a society because we talk about fighting for rights and yet we let this go on.

A society that refuses to protect its most vulnerable citizens isn't a just society. Read the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. You will not find anywhere in there (even in the penumbra) that the government gives us our rights to exist. Rather it says that we are "endowed by our Creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." (Don't get me started especially around the 4th of July!) Life is not a right the government gives us so it's not one they should be able to take away. (I'm against the death penalty as well.)
45 posted on 07/21/2006 2:38:04 PM PDT by adgirl
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To: NYer
Gay marriage is a parody of the real thing. But the Drive By Media won't let know people know the truth.

(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em, Down Hezbullies.)

46 posted on 07/21/2006 2:39:37 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: NYer
Image hosted by Photobucket.comqueers have all the fidelity of a goat...

do I really have to say it???

47 posted on 07/21/2006 3:30:43 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...


48 posted on 07/21/2006 6:52:26 PM PDT by Coleus (I Support Research using the Ethical, Effective and Moral use of stem cells: non-embryonic "adult")
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To: NYer
Homosexual/Catholic/Republican/Pro-Life Couple hire Surrogate Mother, Abort 1 Child, Baptize 4 in Cathedral
 
Gay parents of quads have separated; court records show dispute

49 posted on 07/21/2006 6:55:16 PM PDT by Coleus (I Support Research using the Ethical, Effective and Moral use of stem cells: non-embryonic "adult")
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To: weegee
Atheist Madeline Murray O'Hare's son became a Christian anyway.

Aren't they on a missing persons list?

50 posted on 07/21/2006 7:01:39 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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