Monday, November 24, 2003

Growing Popularity: Legislators in Massachusetts who want to keep gays from getting married may have hit another stumbling block -- the state's voters.

Two polls conducted by The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald have found that half of the state population believes gays should be able to get married.

The polls were conducted after the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples should get the same legal benefits that heterosexual couples receive. The court is giving the legislature six months to legalize same-sex marriage.

Some conservatives have proposed passing an amendment to the state constitution to nullify the court's ruling. But the polls found that 53 to 54 percent of the state's population would oppose that.

Hopefully Massachusetts legislators will come to terms with legal and political reality and will fix the discrimination that's now in the law.


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