Thursday, October 06, 2005

Mass. High Court to hear arguments on 1913 law banning out-of-state marriages

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According to an article published by the Washington Blade, eight gay and lesbian couples will present the high court with arguments against a 1913 law that is preventing out-of-state gay and lesbian couples from marrying in Massachusetts. According to the article:
The denial of that license, and those of seven other couples from New England and New York, will be the subject of arguments on Thursday in the Supreme Judicial Court, the same court that legalized gay marriage in Massachusetts in a landmark November 2003 ruling. At issue is a 1913 law that forbade out-of-state couples from marrying if their union would not be legally recognized in their own state. As same-sex marriage became legal on May 17, 2004, Gov. Mitt Romney ordered city and town clerks to enforce the law and wrote to every other governor in the nation that out-of-state couples would not be allowed to marry.
====== So now is my time to get on my soapbox... Please tell me why it is still okay, in 2005, for the government to discriminate against ANYONE? My God, how long does it take America learn that when it says "liberty and justice for all" then that means EVERYBODY, including the gays and lesbians. America, the symbol of democracy in the world? Yeah right... more like the symbol of hatred, prejudice, discrimination and radical, religious right fundamentalism.