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Goodridge

As you know, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has handed down its decision in the long awaited case of Goodridge vs. Massachusetts. It’s a bit too early to tell just what the ruling means. The Court appears to have declared the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. On the other hand, rather than simply issue marriage licenses to the plaintiffs, the Court has remanded the issue to the legislature for resolution. That may leave room for Vermont style civil unions rather than full gay marriage. But I’m speculating. It’s also possible that only full gay marriage will do, according to the Court, and that the legislature will be ordered to bring it about. It will take some time to figure out just what the ruling means. But here is the first story on the decision I could find.

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