Tuesday, November 18, 2003

A step in the right direction -- the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has ruled that the state ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Though the state has not yet allowed any couples to marry as a result of the ruling, this decision is similar to the one which led to civil unions for same-sex couples in Vermont.

According to Chief Justice Margaret Marshall:
"Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support. It brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial and social benefits. In return, it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations."



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