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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
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, November 22, 2003 | Kyle Williams
    Massachusetts court: Just going with the times Posted: November 22, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com 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 (Zenit.org).- 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...