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POLITICS: Court Rejects Appeal of Gay Marriage Law: Massachusetts Law To Stand

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posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 12:58 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge on a controversial Massachusetts law that gives gays the right to marry. By rejecting the appeal, the court allows a 4-3 Massachusetts high court ruling to stand, thus allowing the law to stay in effect. Calling the measure a decision by “activist judges”, a presidential spokesmen reiterated the presidents commitment to a constitutional ban on gay marriages.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to the only state that allows gay marriages, declining to hear an appeal aimed at overturning the Massachusetts law that prompted a national debate on the legality and morality of same-sex unions.

The decision ended the legal fight over a 4-3 Massachusetts high court ruling last November giving gay couples the right to marry. But both sides say the U.S. Supreme Court's unwillingness to intervene means there will be more fights in courts and legislatures around the country.

President Bush has promised to make passage of an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment a priority in his second term.

"Activist judges are seeking to redefine marriage for the rest of society, and the people's voice is not being heard in this process," said presidential spokesman Scott McClellan. "That's why the president is committed to moving forward with Congress on a constitutional amendment that would protect the sanctity of marriage."

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This is no doubt the last we have heard of the issue. To effect change in the constitution would require two thirds of the House and Senate to support the measure, as well as the legislatures of two thirds of the states. This also will no doubt put pressure on President Bush from the religious right who supported him in his successful presidential bid to nominate ultra conservative judges to fill Supreme Court vacancies.

[edit on 11/30/04 by FredT]

posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 01:01 AM
Correct me if I am wrong, but does it take 2/3s of both houses to propse and 2/3s of state legislatures to pass it?

That is what I remember.



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