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.And the only thing that has changed is that families are stronger and more protected.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
5 years Ago Today
It was 5 years ago today when I read the decision at the Court house. Having never read one before I didn't know where to look, but my husband on the phone telling me to flip the page, flip the page and there is was. Tears welled up in my eyes when I read it. Enjoy:
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