Friday, November 18, 2005

Happy Anniversary!!!!

Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations. The question before us is whether, consistent with the Massachusetts Constitution, the Commonwealth may deny the protections, benefits, and obligations conferred by civil marriage to two individuals of the same sex who wish to marry. We conclude that it may not. The Massachusetts Constitution affirms the dignity and equality of all individuals. It forbids the creation of second-class citizens.

MARSHALL, Chief Justice
Goodridge, et al. v. Department of Public Health, et al.
Mass. (Nov 18, 2003)

1 comment:

Andy said...

Thanks for pointing out this anniversary of this wonderful decision! I remember reading the decision with a bit of giddy excitement. Isn't it amazing that for all the doomsday scenarios the wackos said would happen nothing has really changed in Mass except for our commitment to treating people with respect and dignity?