Monthly Archives: February 2004

Gettin’ hitched, Massachusetts style

Yay! The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can’t be barred from getting married. Specifically, the court ruled that offering civil unions isn’t enough, so civil marriage must be made available to any couple.

“The history of our nation has demonstrated that separate is seldom, if ever, equal,” the four justices who ruled in favor of gay marriage wrote in the advisory opinion.

Here’s hoping this is a sign that our legal system will take the bold stance our legislators will not. (Hmmm. That raises an interesting question: can a constitutional amendment be ruled unconstitutional? Or does the Defense Against Marriages By People We Don’t Agree With Amendment receive a get-out-of-court-free card?)

Now, hurry up, California! We’re losing our rep as a progressive state.