Head over to Nurse Ratched’s Notebook! The good nurse allays some fears regarding the possibility of an anti-GLBT Massachusetts constitutional amendment to counteract the recent decision by the state’s highest court to overturn its gay-marriage ban.
There has been discussion of the possibility of an amendment to Massachusett’s state Constitution to prevent implementation of same-sex marriage in the wake of yesterday’s ruling, but according to Newsday.com, apparently that is not an option for recourse by state conservatives.<blockquoteThe court gave Massachusetts’ legislature 180 days to comply with its decision. Because it was based on state constitutional guarantees of liberty and equal protection, the decision cannot be appealed to federal court. Although the powerful speaker of Massachusetts’ House of Representatives, Democrat Thomas Finneran, and Republican Gov. Mitt Romney oppose same-sex marriages, most legal experts said the decision left little or no wiggle room. A constitutional amendment to limit marriage to heterosexual couples could not be put before voters until 2006.
(Emphasis Nurse Ratched’s)
Seriously, head over to Nursey’s; she has much more information on this crucial story. Now, there isn’t enough assurance to make me break open the champagne quite yet, but there is certainly enough to motivate a small sigh of relief and a wee smile for this frustrated pessimist. No bubbly for me ’til a US justice-of-the-peace says to a same-gender couple, “By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you legally married.” There is still a lot of road to travel…
Oh — and if you want to see a great roundup of the last seven days’ nooze, head to Open Source Politics’ Week in Brief.