Friday, June 17, 2005

What About Those Married Gays?

Just in case you wondered what would happen to the 6000-plus same-sex marriages if the newest DoMA amendment version passes in 2008, the short answer is nothing. They would get grandfathered. The anti folk would then hope they would wither and disappear, much like the Shakers.

The actual wording of this week's one is:
When recognizing marriages entered after the adoption of this amendment by the people, the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman.
Of course, that would be confusing, legally and culturally. Yet, in the unlikely event this occurs, it would make plain the intent of the anti forces —— to limit the freedoms and take away rights from homosexuals. (Judge for yourself how anti-American stripping existing rights from citizens is.)

This might be a good time to recall that unlike other colonies and then states, Massachusetts kept a clear line between church and state, as described here. Marriage here was always and remains a civil contract. Ministers and other clerics were not originally allowed to solmenize marriages, only government officials could. It is fascinating to see how groups are trying to twist this into a religious issue.


Boston Bud said...

I had read the article in the Globe and I am amazed and thankful that the Catholic Bishops and the Governor has seen the light and have blessed my recent marriage. What else can I conclude except that they are happy that I married my same sex partner of 3 years. I need to go out and celebrate!

massmarrier said...

I'd hate for the marriage I solemnized last year for two gay men to be undone too. It sure looks like the Dark Side has cut its losses on the 6,000-plus same-sex marriages. Let me know if you get a wedding present from any of the Roman Catholic bishops.