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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-01-05 09:07 PM
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Mass. Court to Address Gay Marriage Issue
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer
25 minutes ago



BOSTON - Massachusetts' highest court hears a bid Monday to halt same-sex couples from marrying until voters can weigh in on the contentious issue.

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A lawsuit filed by C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, claims the marriages interfere with voters' ability to participate in the debate on a proposed constitutional ban of same-sex marriages.

Around 5,000 same-sex couples have married in the state since the Supreme Judicial Court issued its landmark 4-3 ruling in November 2003 allowing gay marriage. The ruling took effect in May 2004.

In March 2004, the state Legislature approved a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. Lawmakers must pass the measure a second time, either this year or next, before it can reach the statewide ballot in November 2006.

"What we're saying is that the dialogue, the robust debate that should be taking place, is being affected and shaped by the continuing marriages," Doyle's attorney, Chester Darling, said Sunday.

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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-01-05 09:10 PM
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1. buahahaha
The only thing these marriages interfere with is the voters' ability to participate in uninformed debate. He sounds like he's having a hissy fit because people are realizing the world isn't ending just cause their neighbor got married.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-01-05 09:38 PM
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3. Actually it interferes with voters' ability to strip away minority rights.
It's a classic example of the tyranny of the majority the Founding Fathers at least attempted to prevent.

This is total fucking bullshit.

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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-01-05 09:35 PM
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2. So voters should decide who gets married, huh?
I mean, that's what this idiot is saying, isn't it?
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-01-05 10:29 PM
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4. The extremists are getting upset
because every day gay people are getting married in Massachusetts, and every day the lies of the religious rightwing come crumbling down as a result.
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Lexingtonian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-01-05 10:53 PM
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5. ech, don't worry

Watch the Religious Right take another hit.

This is really a second chance at Goodridge...for the Court. To write the definitive opinion it didn't a year and a half ago about which branch of state government has what authority over the definition of marriage.

It seems like a small point, but it's important.
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