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  • Massachusetts court: Just going with the times

    11/25/2003 12:21:08 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 13+ views ^ | Saturday, November 22, 2003 | Kyle Williams
    Massachusetts court: Just going with the times Posted: November 22, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 It played a role in the turn of the century explosion of Darwinism. It marked itself in the Humanist Manifestos. It exploded in the sexual revolution of the '60s. It manifested itself in the debate of the meaning of "is" during the Clinton administration. Now, it's evident that it played a huge role in the Massachusetts Supreme Court this past week. As you have probably already heard, on Wednesday, the highest court in Massachusetts issued a decision striking down a ban on same-sex marriages in that...
  • Wrong Idea, Wrong Time

    11/24/2003 8:41:01 PM PST · by farmfriend · 44 replies · 121+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 11/24/2003 | David Horowitz
    Wrong Idea, Wrong Time By David Horowitz A few years ago, I sat on a panel with six faculty and students at UCLA who for two hours debated the question: "Is There An American Identity?" I was the only person on the panel who thought there was. America is pluralist society whose citizens represent hundreds of ethnicities and are the products of equally many (or more) cultures. The "American" political culture, which creates out of these disparate identities a single nation ("out of many one") is rooted in a document, the Constitution, which is more than two hundred years old....
  • Gay Marriage May Be Issue in 2004 Race

    11/24/2003 7:44:24 AM PST · by chiller · 26 replies · 242+ views
    Associaed Press/Yahoo ^ | 11/24/03 | NANCY BENAC
    WASHINGTON - It's been done in elections past with abortion, school prayer, gun control and other emotional issues. Now conservatives intent on turning gay marriage into the top social issue of the next election have gotten a boost from a Massachusetts court ruling that homosexual couples have the right to marry. Polls find that Americans are far more worried about economic matters and what is happening in Iraq (news - web sites) than any cultural issue. Political analysts nonetheless say gay marriage has the potential to be used as a wedge to split voters from a candidate or party they...
  • Frank sees referendum for ruling on gay marriage (Bawney Fwank Alert)

    11/24/2003 6:51:59 AM PST · by Lance Romance · 8 replies · 36+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11-24-03 | Charlie Savage
    <p>WASHINGTON -- No matter what the Massachusetts Legislature does with the Supreme Judicial Court's instruction that it establish a gay marriage law in the next six months, the issue will probably be settled by the electorate in a state referendum, Representative Barney Frank said yesterday.</p>
  • Mass. Ruling A Powder Keg (... Formula For Judicial Tyranny And Social Chaos.)

    11/24/2003 3:20:20 AM PST · by johnny7 · 11 replies · 186+ views
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 11/23/03 | Jim Wooten
    The coming year brings, by 4-3 gift of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, a major battle in America's cultural war, a battle that has all the potential of being as divisive and enduring as the 30-year war the nation still wages over abortion.At issue is, of course, the definition of marriage, the union of one man and one woman that is the foundation of the family system that civil societies have embraced for thousands of years to produce, nurture and rear children. It is, despite what four members of the Massachusetts court say, the compelling interest of government in the...
  • Homosexual-Marriage Ruling Triggers Alarm - Theologian Calls Decision "Grave and Presumptuous"

    11/20/2003 6:15:36 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 42+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 19, 2003
    ROME, NOV. 19, 2003 ( A theologian who writes for L'Osservatore Romano criticized the decision by a Massachusetts court in favor of same-sex marriage, saying it sanctioned a "moral disorder against God's creative plan." "This is a great wound to human dignity that can never be justified," Father Gino Concetti, an expert on Catholic moral theology, told Reuters today in the wake of the court decision in the United States. He called the ruling "grave and presumptuous." The decision could pave the way for the state to become the first in America to legalize same-sex marriage. The Vatican has not...
  • Don't use gay marriage as wedge issue

    11/24/2003 3:45:33 PM PST · by presidio9 · 37 replies · 156+ views
    The De ^ | Monday, November 24, 2003 | Deb Price
    <p>Marriage is between a man and woman, except when it's not.</p> <p>Since June 27, I've been married to Joyce, the woman I fell in love with 18 years ago. I realize I've made that joyous announcement before, but the reality that the Canadian province of Ontario made our heartfelt wish come true is still amazing to me.</p>
  • Black leaders debate future of gay marriage (blacks more likely to oppose gay marriage)

    11/24/2003 2:45:58 PM PST · by presidio9 · 16 replies · 140+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Monday, November 24, 2003 | Jeff Adair
    Same-sex marriage is as controversial among local African-Americans as it is across the nation, but blacks are more likely than the population as a whole to oppose gay marriage, according to polls. "I'm glad there's a separation of church and state," said the Rev. J. Anthony Lloyd of Greater Framingham Community Church. "I'm not going to marry same-sex couples in my church." But the movement has gathered some high-profile supporters. The two African-American candidates for president, Carol Mosely Braun of Illinois and the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York, have previously spoken in favor of the rights of gays and...
  • Gay 'marriage' opponents push civil-union bill

    11/24/2003 2:49:04 AM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 26+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/24/03 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    <p>Opponents of same-sex "marriage" in Massachusetts are trying to counter last week's landmark court ruling by persuading the legislature to enact a civil-union law instead, and by delaying the court's decision from taking effect for long enough to amend the state constitution.</p>
  • South African pens US gay marriage decision

    11/24/2003 10:41:47 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 4 replies · 100+ views
    SAPA-AP ^ | November 24 2003 at 06:18PM
    Boston - The author of the landmark Massachusetts decision that gave the American gay rights movement an historic victory last week came of age in South Africa in the midst of its long battle for equality. Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, the first immigrant and first woman to lead the state's 313-year-old Supreme Judicial Court, began her journey to the Massachusetts bench in South Africa. She was a white student leader of the anti-apartheid movement in the 1960s - a time when defiance led to bloodshed. "Justice is not hypothetical to me," Marshall, 59, said earlier this year. Marshall was first...
  • Mass. Support For Gay Unions.

    11/24/2003 7:24:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies · 105+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/24/03
    <p>November 24, 2003 -- BOSTON - Two polls released yesterday show that Massachusetts lawmakers could be bucking public opinion if they try to thwart the Supreme Judicial Court's ruling last week that found the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.</p>
  • Does "Gay" Marriage Harm the Institution of Marriage?

    11/24/2003 8:38:19 AM PST · by xzins · 251 replies · 939+ views
    Does "Gay" Marriage Harm the Institution of Marriage? by Daniel J. Phillips     Rogue court activism, and messed-up people with (evidently) far too much time on their hands and far too rich resources, have once again set out to push America in a direction in which it ought not go.I speak, of course, of "gay" (homosexual) marriage.My intent here is not to focus on the whole issue of homosexuality. I have a more modest aim. I want to address one argument which is heard frequently from the pro-"gay"-marriage faction: "Nobody has ever explained to me how 'gay' marriage threatens...
  • Biden: Gay 'marriage' inevitable

    11/24/2003 1:46:08 AM PST · by kattracks · 85 replies · 397+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/24/03 | Audrey Hudson
    <p>A leading Senate Democrat yesterday said nationwide same-sex "marriage" is inevitable, and the Republican speaker of the House conceded that congressional action to prevent such unions will be difficult.</p> <p>"It's going to be something we have to go through as part of the maturation process of the nation," said Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat.</p>
  • For Gay Couples, New Rituals at the Altar

    11/23/2003 10:33:14 AM PST · by putupon · 26 replies · 420+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | November 23, 2003 | LOIS SMITH BRADY
    <p>AST week's ruling by the highest court in Massachusetts legalizing gay marriage was perfectly timed in many ways.</p> <p>It feels like a snowball effect, coming only months after Canada legalized marriage and three years after Vermont allowed civil unions for gay couples. And it comes just in time for same-sex couples to begin planning a June wedding.</p> <p>It also makes one think that same-sex weddings may soon become nearly as commonplace as the traditional black tie, country club and limousine kind.</p>
  • The Binary Nature of Marriage: The Point of Two

    11/23/2003 11:02:39 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 221+ views
    Grove City College ^ | November 22, 2003 | Dr. Warren Throckmorton
    "Certainly our decision today marks a significant change in the definition of marriage as it has been inherited from the common law, and understood by many societies for centuries." (Goodridge, et al vs. the Department of Public Health, pg 11) With these weighty words, a simple majority of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ripped marriage from its historical, cultural and common law foundation and reconstructed it as "an evolving paradigm." In simple terms, marriage in Massachusetts is now whatever a majority of judges say it is, with no foundation other than their sense of the direction the cultural wind is...
  • 50% in poll back SJC ruling on gay marriage

    11/23/2003 6:53:43 AM PST · by HostileTerritory · 127 replies · 397+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11/23/2003 | Frank Phillips and Rick Klein
    Massachusetts residents, by a solid margin, said they supported the Supreme Judicial Court's landmark decision legalizing gay marriage, according to a Boston Globe/WBZ-TV poll. The poll of 400 people, the first survey of Bay State residents since the court's historic ruling, indicated that 50 percent agreed with the justices' decision, and 38 percent opposed it. Eleven percent expressed no opinion. The poll also indicated that a majority opposed efforts by the Legislature, Governor Mitt Romney, and Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly to block same-sex marriages and allow civil unions instead. A majority, 53 percent, also opposed a proposed amendment to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 Nov 2003

    11/23/2003 5:51:10 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 105 replies · 110+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 23 Nov 2003 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, November 23rd, 2003 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-DE) and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL).MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-SD). FACE THE NATION (CBS): Retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Reps. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) and Barney Frank (D-MA).LATE EDITION (CNN) : Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA); and John...
  • Time for a new Boston Tea Party

    11/22/2003 9:40:51 PM PST · by LowCountryJoe · 44 replies · 681+ views
    Town Hall ^ | November 23, 2003 | Pat Buchanan
    ...From the sublime to the ridiculous, we have one Margaret Marshall, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, ordering the state legislature to enact, in 180 days, a law giving homosexuals the right to marry. What is to be done with this Justice Marshall?... ...If Bay State legislators will refuse to pass the law demanded by the court, and Romney will refuse to sign such a law and orders the bureaucracy to ignore the court, what could the court do? Order his arrest? Declare him in contempt... ...It is time for elected representatives to take back powers that were...
  • Why Defending Marriage is Social Justice

    11/22/2003 6:35:57 PM PST · by xzins · 52 replies · 245+ views
    IRD ^ | Erik Nelson
    Commentary: Why Defending Marriage is Social Justice Erik Nelson October 16, 2003 Here is a simple, stunning fact: by the time children reach adulthood in our nation, approximately 50% of them will have spent some time outside of an intact family.  According to W. Bradford Wilcox, a social scientist at the University of Virginia, these children are significantly more likely than those in intact families to experience a variety of social ills: poverty, psychological problems and abuse.  For example, girls in single-parent homes are 150% more likely to become pregnant and have out-of-wedlock babies than those in intact two-parent families.  They will...
  • Marriage and family

    11/21/2003 12:09:16 AM PST · by kattracks · 3 replies · 106+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/21/03 | Cal Thomas
    It is not as if the ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court permitting the "marriage" of same sex couples came as a surprise. If Massachusetts doesn't care about the sexual practices of some of its politicians, why should it care about what some of its lesser citizens do?     The 4-3 ruling, which orders the state legislature to write a law permitting arrangements similar to what the Vermont Supreme Court approved in 1999 when it allowed "civil unions" the same benefits as marriage, is further evidence that G.K. Chesterton's warning has come true: "The danger when men stop believing in...
  • Politicians avoid gay marriage debate, leaving action to courts

    11/20/2003 11:42:05 PM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 135+ views ^ | 11/21/03 | Jonah Goldberg
    There's an interesting contradiction at the heart of the gay marriage debate. Everyone agrees that we are well on our way to living in a country where allowing same-sex marriage is the law of the land, and yet virtually no major national politician and neither of the major political parties supports the idea. When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that it is flatly irrational and bigoted to oppose gay marriage, no one was surprised when President Bush complained that the court had violated the "principle" that marriage is between a man and a woman.
  • Massachusetts vs. Marriage

    11/22/2003 12:37:47 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 41 replies · 1,610+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 1, 2003 | Maggie Gallagher
    LAST WEEK, the long-awaited Massachusetts Goodridge gay-marriage decision came down--hard. In a 4-3 ruling, the Massachusetts high court held that the millennia-old, cross-cultural definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is utterly irrational. Using the lowest level of scrutiny (the "rational basis" test, which almost always results in deference to the legislature), four well-educated judges could not think up any reason other than "animus" why the people of Massachusetts and their elected representatives might not want same-sex marriage. Only a fool or a madman (or a bigot), they implied, could possibly disagree. The judges gave...
  • Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll: Majority Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

    11/21/2003 5:35:42 PM PST · by MegaSilver · 9 replies · 125+ views ^ | 21 November 2003 | Dana Blanton
    <p>Despite this week's lifting of the same-sex marriage ban in Massachusetts, a majority of Americans continues to oppose same-sex marriage, and nearly half oppose civil unions.</p> <p>According to a FOX News poll conducted in the days following the Supreme Judicial Court ruling in Massachusetts, 66 percent of Americans oppose and 25 percent favor same-sex marriage. These new results are similar to those from August 2003, as well as results from 1996, when 65 percent of the public said they opposed allowing same-sex couples to marry.</p>
  • Right wing revs up for `last stand' in Bay State

    11/21/2003 6:28:59 PM PST · by Radix · 55 replies · 356+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Friday, November 21, 2003 | Thomas Caywood
    Fearing that Massachusetts could be the first gay marriage domino to fall, conservative groups around the country are setting their sights on the Bay State for a major political stand against same-sex marriage here. ``Massachusetts is our Iwo Jima. For us, it's our last stand. We're going to raise the flag,'' said the Rev. Louis Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, based in Washington, D.C. Sheldon said the Supreme Judicial Court's landmark finding that gays and lesbians have the right to wed could cast the institution of marriage into turmoil nationally. His group is asking its members across the...
  • Massachusetts AG Weasles on Gay Marriage

    11/21/2003 3:52:01 PM PST · by pabianice · 4 replies · 195+ views
    NECN News | 11/21/03
    Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly -- gun grabber par excellance' and top socialist weasle -- has just been shown the gratitude of the Lunatic Left he has championed. Not! On TV just now we saw Reilly squirming like an 8-year-old in wool suit in church on Sunday when the bright lights of TV caught up to him and, for once, he didn't want to say anything. He said that his reading of the SJC decision is that MA may alow gay civil unions, but not gay marriages. He looked like he had just found a cockroach in his $ 6.50...
  • Gay ruling puts lawmakers in crossfire

    11/21/2003 6:24:30 PM PST · by Radix · 22 replies · 93+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Friday, November 21, 2003 | Elisabeth J. Beardsley
    Beacon Hill is under siege from across the country, as phone calls and e-mails pour in in the wake of the Supreme Judicial Court's landmark ruling legalizing gay marriage. State House leaders report the vast majority of the outcry seems to be emanating from gay marriage opponents, who are up in arms over the SJC's ``judicial activism.'' Lawmakers are on the hot seat, with less than 180 days left to figure out what, if anything, to do in response to the ruling. Gov. Mitt Romney is pushing the constitutional amendment, even as he and lawmakers try to craft a ``civil...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Emboldened [Randall Terry Joins the Fight]

    11/21/2003 6:21:43 AM PST · by 11th Earl of Mar · 56 replies · 592+ views
    AP ^ | 11/21/03
    By JAY LINDSAY Associated Press Writer November 21, 2003, 2:06 AM EST BOSTON -- The phone began ringing and e-mail inboxes clogged at the Massachusetts Family Institute almost as soon as the state's highest court ruled to endorse gay marriage. To executive director Ron Crews, these were the stirrings of a public finally shocked awake. Calls from around the country pledged assistance, the institute was offered free legal help and Crews began considering whether he needed to hire more staffers for his small operation, which opposes gay marriage. "It's time that the sleeping majority woke up to what's going on,"...
  • The 'gay' marriage debate is a trap! Homosexuality not seen as valid alternative lifestyle

    11/21/2003 5:48:14 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 17+ views ^ | Friday, November 21, 2003 | Aaron Klein
    The 'gay' marriage debate is a trap! Posted: November 21, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern By Aaron Klein© 2003 Massachusetts' highest court ruled on Tuesday it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Vermont already allows civil unions, which offer most of the same legal benefits as marriage. And the nation is braced for same-sex marriage to be a major issue in the upcoming presidential elections. With the whole country discussing homosexual marriage, I fear we've skipped a crucial middle step, and in so doing, we may have ended the battle before it begins. The debate about "gay" marriage assumes...
  • Same-Sex Marriage and the Marriage Movement

    11/21/2003 2:31:20 AM PST · by RogerFGay · 7 replies · 130+ views ^ | November 21, 2003 | Roger F. Gay
    Same-Sex Marriage and the Marriage Movement November 21, 2003 by Roger F. Gay On November 18th the Massachusetts supreme court declared that homosexual unions equal in nature to heterosexual unions and established same-sex marriage as an individual right. As is usual for arguments supporting extremist social reform, the more than thirty-four thousand words of opinion from the court have a way of creating too much work for someone who doesn't have a research grant, and since the decision really rests on just a few dishonest claims and twisted logic would be regarded by most potential funding sources as too...
  • Kevin McCullough: U.S. Justice: The REAL Quagmire

    11/21/2003 10:46:26 AM PST · by KMC1 · 2 replies · 382+ views
    The KMC Blog (web-log) ^ | 11.20.2003 | Kevin McCullough
    While the average American sleeps practical laws and a fundamental way of understanding life for the history of our nation changes. The changes come not because the critical mass of people in the nation felt it necessary to rise up and denounce its history. No! Instead the changes come in spite of what the critical mass thinks - and the changes are ordered and carried out by the whims of people never elected to do so. It hasn't taken rocket science to figure out this year that some of the most easily recognized landmarks in American culture are turning into...
  • Stupid Bastards

    11/21/2003 8:42:21 AM PST · by VRW Conspirator · 12 replies · 195+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 11/21/03 | Lawrance Henry
    While the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts strained to produce a gassy, weaselish decision on so-called "gay marriage," I was occupied with other things. Our dog Cody was dying, succumbing rapidly to what the vet called an "aggressive" form of cancer. It had started with a tumor on his heart, and then the awful cells had gotten into his bloodstream, started breaking out on his skin, and, the way it looked at the end, had infested his lungs. Every day, I spent as much time with him as I could. I took him on all his favorite rides, on his...
  • Jeff Jacoby: Down the slippery slope [Same Sex Marriage]

    11/21/2003 6:42:35 AM PST · by SJackson · 35 replies · 416+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Nov. 21, 2003
    "Certainly our decision today marks a significant change in the definition of marriage as it has been inherited from the common law and understood by many societies for centuries," wrote Chief Justice Margaret Marshall in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court opinion finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. "But it does not disturb the fundamental value of marriage in our society." That is either the most dishonest assertion in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health or the most naive. Either way, it is false. Of course the most radical redefinition of marriage in centuries is going to have deeply disturbing...
  • Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Hurts Democrat Candidates

    11/20/2003 11:40:14 AM PST · by vladog · 16 replies · 11+ views ^ | Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003 | Marc Morano,
    The Massachusetts Supreme Court's decision okaying same-sex marriages could propel the contentious issue to the forefront of the 2004 elections and cause Democrats "heartburn" next year, a political analyst says. "It can't help the Democratic candidates; it just can't," said Larry Sabato in an interview Tuesday with Sabato is a political science professor at the University of Virginia. "This is going to add a major controversy to the presidential and congressional election year. This decision in Massachusetts has elevated gay marriage to a position of major emphasis during the campaign," Sabato said. Republicans will be the obvious beneficiaries of...
  • The Left at the Altar (National Review editors)

    11/20/2003 2:22:00 PM PST · by NutCrackerBoy · 13 replies · 52+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 19, 2003 | National Review editors
    The Left at the Altar Goodridge and its aftermath. By NR Editors EDITOR'S NOTE: This editorial appears in the December 8, 2003, issue of National Review. What has the high court of Massachusetts wrought? Don't look to the Democratic presidential candidates for guidance. On the day that a bare majority of the court declared that marriage licenses must be given to same-sex couples, Howard Dean issued a statement so mealy-mouthed and evasive that it did not even include the word "marriage." He suggested that the court had acted in the spirit of the Vermont supreme court, which in 1999 forced...
  • Just Say "No"

    11/20/2003 12:27:17 PM PST · by ZGuy · 5 replies · 25+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/20/2003 | Hugh Hewitt
    "JOHN MARSHALL has made his decision," Andrew Jackson is said to have remarked in the aftermath of a Supreme Court decision he disliked, "now let him enforce it." Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney would be well advised to ponder that line long and hard over the Thanksgiving holidays. It is an interesting time for the Massachusetts Supreme Court to have seized control of the elected branches in its state, given the connection between Thanksgiving and the Bay State. Unlike its neighbor to the north, the Look-at-Me State of Vermont, Massachusetts actually has a place in the collective national consciousness and Americans...
  • Leave It to the Courts: Judicial Power and the Redefinition of Marriage

    11/20/2003 8:50:44 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 15 replies · 62+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 19 Nov 03 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. "In America today," wrote Chuck Colson, "we have very nearly reached the completion of a long process I can only describe as the systematic usurpation of political power by the American judiciary . . . " That statement was no more true than yesterday when the rule of judges manifested itself again: The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, by a 4-3 margin, ruled that the state's refusal to recognize so-called "marriages" between same-sex couples is unconstitutional and a violation of civil rights. The court gave the Massachusetts legislature 180...
  • The backlash begins

    11/20/2003 7:36:36 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 96 replies · 235+ views ^ | November 20, 2003 | Marvin Olasky
    And so it begins. Again. For months, pro-marriage activists have expected a negative decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. The closeness of the vote, 4 to 3, was the only real surprise. But more surprises are coming, for as Boston College political science professor Alan Wolfe told The New York Times, the decision "is exactly the right kind of material for a backlash." The New York Times should know. After the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision 30 years ago, the Times stated that the decision provided "a sound foundation for final and reasonable resolution" of the abortion debate....
  • Romney pursues law on gay unions

    11/19/2003 10:42:07 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 22+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 20, 2003 | By Cheryl Wetzstein
    <p>Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said yesterday he was ready to work with lawmakers to craft a "civil union"-style law to give some marriage rights to homosexual couples, even though he also supports a constitutional amendment to preserve traditional marriage.</p> <p>Meanwhile, a traditional-values group is planning to ask the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to extend the 180-day stay of its decision to legalize homosexual "marriage."</p>
  • Enough is Enough: Let's Take This Country Back

    11/19/2003 3:40:01 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 83 replies · 163+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | November 19, 2003 | Larry Leonard
    Noticing the PBS program devoted to homosexuality, In the Life, on the night of November 18, 2003, I wondered if there was a program on public broadcasting dedicated to glorifying the life of heterosexuals. Then, it came to me that next PBS should introduce a program sponsored by NAMBLA about the life of people who practice adult-child sexual relationships. And, of course, we’ll need a program about the life of people like Larry Flynt, who like to have sex with farm animals. Have you had enough, yet? With today’s ridiculous Massachusetts Supreme Court decision about homosexual marriages, anything is possible....
  • Flashback: Hillary Saw It Coming (Gay Marriage)

    11/18/2003 9:05:46 AM PST · by truthandlife · 6 replies · 69+ views
    CNS News ^ | 11/18/03
    In a speech last month to a homosexual advocacy group, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) criticized President Bush for supporting a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. She also made a prediction. Clinton told the Empire State Pride Agenda that a constitutional amendment would form "the center of the presidential election next year," and she said the amendment would be pushed by people "who try to drive wedges between Americans." Tuesday's Massachusetts court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage will force politicians on both sides of the aisle to clarify their stand on...
  • Poll finds more oppose gay marriage

    11/18/2003 10:43:47 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 108+ views
    MSNBC ^ | AP
    More Americans are opposed to gay marriage, according to a new poll that also found the public is evenly divided on whether gays and lesbians can change their sexual orientation. White evangelicals are the most likely to think homosexuals can change their ways, according to the poll examining attitudes about homosexuality. “EVANGELICALS ARE far more likely to say homosexuals can change, Catholics and mainline Protestants fall in the middle and more secular people are most likely to say they cannot change,” said Scott Keeter, a pollster with the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The survey reinforced...
  • Dems don't embrace gay marriage decision

    11/18/2003 3:15:01 PM PST · by kattracks · 54 replies · 142+ views
    AP | 11/18/03 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The major Democratic presidential candidates continued to back legal rights for gays but declined to go as far as the Massachusetts Supreme Court and endorse gay marriage. Only underdog candidates Dennis Kucinich, Al Sharpton and Carol Moseley Braun support laws that would allow same-sex couples to wed. The leading candidates for the nomination oppose gay marriage, but most say gay couples should get all the legal rights of married couples. It may seem like a dubious distinction, but it's the same position taken by the majority of Americans in public opinion polls. The candidates attempted to stick...
  • (reprise) DFU SONG: End of the World (gay marriage)

    11/19/2003 5:46:50 PM PST · by doug from upland · 5 replies · 52+ views
    DFU SONG PARODIES | 11-2003 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - END OF THE WORLD Some say that gays ought to marry...two extra gonads we see Some may proclaim that it won’t end the world But it may end our society Though parts don’t fit as intended…they still can play he and he Some may proclaim that it won’t end the world But it may end society We look around and sometimes we must wonder When some guy might unite with a skunk Some say it’s okay…it is really okay But people, look how low we’ve sunk Some things, we know, shouldn’t happen…even though they make a plea...

    11/19/2003 5:13:20 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 9 replies · 122+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 19, 2003 | Robert B. Bluey, Staff Writer
    Pro-Family Groups Say Mass. Ruling Undermines Marriage By Robert B. Bluey Staff Writer November 19, 2003 ( - Conservative and pro-family leaders expressed outrage and warned about the dangers of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision Tuesday granting same-sex couples the right to marry. Even though the court declined to issue marriage licenses to the seven same-sex couples that sued, the ruling still enraged cultural conservatives who said they feared it would undermine the meaning of traditional marriage. "The homosexual activist movement, which has achieved virtually every goal and objective it set out to accomplish more than 50 years...
  • Psychoanalysts Support Massachusetts' Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriages

    11/19/2003 3:59:47 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 16 replies · 5+ views
    Psychoanalysts Support Massachusetts' Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriages 11/19/03 5:40:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Dottie Jeffries of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 212-752-0450, ext. 29 or NEW YORK, Nov. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) lauds the ruling (4-3) of the Massachusetts' highest court on Tuesday, November 18th, that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The court has given Massachusetts' lawmakers 180 days to fix the problem. The ruling, made by Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court was made strictly under the Massachusetts Constitution's guarantee of equal protection and did not refer to the...
  • Fight over gay marriage threatens efforts to end bias

    11/19/2003 2:27:10 PM PST · by presidio9 · 7 replies · 59+ views
    USA Today ^ | Wed, Nov 19, 2003
    Eight years ago, Julie Goodridge's newborn baby girl was rushed into intensive care at a Boston hospital while the mother was recovering from cesarean surgery. But when Goodridge's lesbian partner of nine years tried to visit, hospital officials barred her because she wasn't considered a "family" member under Massachusetts law. On Tuesday, that changed. Massachusetts' highest court recognized that the statute allowed illegal discrimination. It ruled 4-3 that denying same-sex couples the privileges of married couples violates their guarantee of equal protection under the state constitution. The court gave the legislature 180 days to eliminate the inequity. The decision fuels...
  • So long, tradition: Gay marriage in Massachusetts

    11/19/2003 3:53:31 AM PST · by billorites · 30 replies · 263+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | November 19, 2003 | Editorial
    WELL, WE knew it would happen sooner or later. The Massachusetts Supreme Legislature, er, we mean Supreme Judicial Court, has searched its conscience, if not the state constitution, and determined that the Bay State’s prohibition on same-sex marriage is a violation of fundamental human rights. Saying that the “Massachusetts Constitution affirms the dignity and equality of all individuals,” three of the court’s seven justices decided that the “core concept of human dignity . . . precludes government intrusion into the deeply personal realms of consensual adult expressions of intimacy and one’s choice of an intimate partner.” A fourth justice concurred...
  • In S.F., a celebration of all things Boston

    11/19/2003 8:51:43 AM PST · by TenaciousZ · 7 replies · 217+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/19/2003 | Jim Herron Zamora, Anastasia Hendrix
    <p>The woman in white go-go boots sported a Boston Red Sox jersey over a lacy white wedding gown and held hands with her lesbian partner to lead 200 cheering people in a march down Market Street Tuesday evening.</p> <p>San Francisco commemorated the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision Tuesday legalizing same-sex marriage with all the diversity of its gay-lesbian community on display -- from drag queens to soccer moms -- and lots of Red Sox caps and Boston cream pie.</p>
  • Are Preexisting Marriages Licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Valid?

    11/19/2003 7:19:18 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 4 replies · 146+ views
    self/vanity | November 19, 2003 | Jim Noble
    The Goodrich decision has more to it than meets the eye.The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in the majority opinion, "took note" of what marriage is.Except that the existing laws of Massachusetts and every other state were passed under the assumption that marriage was something else entirely.The SJC used its judicial notice to rule that the marriage law of Massachusetts was invalid, because it did not conform to the Court's (and so far only the Court's) definition of what marriage really is.So, the question immediately arises, are marriages licensed by the State under its invalid marriage statute valid, legal marriages?Is anyone...
  • Mass. court cuts through the homophobia (Boston Globe/Derrick Z. Jerkoff Alert)

    11/19/2003 7:08:12 AM PST · by Lance Romance · 16 replies · 36+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11-19-03 | Derrick Z. Jackson
    <p>IT IS HARD to imagine a better welcome for gay and lesbian couples than the words of Chief Justice Margaret Marshall of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In yesterday's 4-3 decision that ruled gay and lesbian marriages to be legal, Marshall wrote that the Massachusetts Constitution "forbids the creation of second-class citizens."</p>