Despite numerous attempts to delay the ruling, and to reverse it, the first marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples on May 17,and the ruling has been in full effect since that date. Bush called for a similar amendment to the U. Retrieved April 24, On February 4, the Supreme Judicial Court issued its Opinions of the Justices to the Senate confirming that a proposed civil union bill does not meet the mandates of liberty and equality of the state constitution. The November 18,decision was the first by a U. CowinMartha B.
Recognizing the right of an individual to marry a person of the same sex will not diminish the validity or dignity of opposite-sex marriage, any more than recognizing the right of an individual to marry a person of a different race devalues the marriage of a person who marries someone of her own race.
The Mass. judge who first legalized same-sex marriage calls the Supreme Court ruling ‘wonderful’
The Governor's legal counsel, Daniel Winslowwarned that a Justice of the Peace who could not in conscience officiate at a same-sex wedding should resign. Bush called for a similar amendment to the U. Archived from the original on September 26, SosmanRobert J. Marty Rouse, national field director for Human Rights Campaign — the largest advocacy organization for gay and lesbian rights — said the Goodridge case transformed the way Americans viewed same-sex marriage.
Civil unions weren't acceptable to the gay community in Massachusetts. Gay marriage legal in Mass". Gays have right to marry, Mass. The 4 justices who formed the majority in the Goodridge decision wrote: This form only gathers feedback about the website. The same laws and procedures that govern traditional marriage also apply to same-sex marriages.