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Wednesday, November 19, 2003



NYTimes: High Court in Massachusetts Rules Gays Have Right to Marry
Jornal do Brasil: Massachusetts aprova união gay. Estado poderá ser o primeiro nos EUA a autorizar casamentos entre pessoas dos mesmo sexo "THANK GOD ALMIGHTY, WE ARE FREE AT LAST: In one state, gay people have become equal citizens under the law" "Massachusetts court rules ban on gay marriage unconstitutional"
Gothamist: "Massachusetts, the oldest state, came up with the same ruling as Hawaii, the newest state"

Excerpt from the court's 4-to-3 opinion, written by Chief Justice Margaret Marshall.
We are mindful that our decision marks a change in the history of the marriage law. 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.