Wednesday, February 04, 2004

From this day Forward: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that setting up a separate arrangement called "civil unions" for gay couples is not good enough. Gays have a right to full-fledged "marriage" just like everybody else.

I love this quote: "The history of our nation has demonstrated that separate is seldom, if ever, equal," the court states.

I personally don't know what the difference is between "civil unions" and "marriage". And because I can't find a difference, I don't think there should be one. When two people love each other and agree to commit to each other for life, that is a marriage. No law can stop it from happening, no matter the race, creed, color, religion, or sexual orientation of the people involved. The only thing government does is provide legal protection for the people in the relationship. And the government should not discriminate against anyone in providing that protection.

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering passing an amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage. But the earliest they could get one passed is 2006, and the Supreme Judicial Court says the legislature has to pass a law by May that allows gays to get married.

So it's going to happen, finally. Then, maybe, all the other states will see that there's nothing to worry about after all.


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