Hurray for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court!
The Supreme Judicial Court today became the nation's first state supreme court to rule that same-sex couples have the legal right to marry.
"We declare that barring an individual from the protections, benefits and obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violates the Massachusetts constitution," Chief Justice Margaret Marshall wrote in the 4-3 decision.
I can't even tell you how cool that is. This state is so conservative, no matter what anyone else may tell you (I know Massachusetts has that whole "liberal Northeastern" / Kennedy / intellectual reputation, but it's really not true. The lawyers rule the roost and the political appointments... well, they politicize everything).
No matter what your personal opinion on this issue, I think it's important to keep in mind that all they were asking for is an equal opportunity under the law. Equal. Read this article, for example. There's a veritable minefield of financial and legal issues that gays and lesbians have to maneuver just to set things up in a similar fashion to what straight couples automatically warrant with a cheap ring and a trip to city hall.
It remains to be seen how they'll implement the ruling. Vermont opted out of the controversy by choosing 'civil unions', but Massachusetts could go all out and choose full marriage marriage. I hope they do. It's only right.
Boston.com has full coverage online.