November 18th, 2003

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Gay marriage ban struck down in Massachusetts!

The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the state cannot bar gays and lesbians from marrying, striking down the state's gay marriage ban. (Ruling available here.)

The court remanded the case back to a state court to conform with its ruling, but said the ruling would be on hold for 180 days to allow the state legislature to take any action it may deem appropriate.

Looks like Massachusetts may become the first state in the nation to allow gay partnership... though it sounds to me that sometime soon, this issue will make its way all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Bush wants a constitutional ammendment banning gay marriage. He's not going to get it, however.

As for how the US Supreme Court would view gay marriage, they did recently strike down Texas' sodomy law, and it was Justice Scalia himself who said in dissent:
"If moral disapprobation of homosexual conduct is "no legitimate state interest" for purposes of proscribing that conduct ... what justification could there possibly be for denying the benefits of marriage to homosexual couples?"

What justification indeed? For that matter, if marriage should be viewed as a legal contract, independent from moral approbation, why limit that contract to just two people...?
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A lovely little chat on lovely streaming audio.

Kirsten's MP3 player zapped itself at work and she needs to reload her songs, but all is well again, beautiful music was heard, and a nice moment was had... greatly improved her mood by turning her onto the lovely stream of rare Cocteau Twins at http://www.cocteautwins.com/html/media/audio/cocteau_twins_rare.m3u , followed by the cool underground S.F. bay area sounds of http://somafm.com/listen , and then finally ending up at the liquified bliss of http://www.starstreams.com -- you can hear what I'm hearing at this link -- which is just about the coolest streaming audio ever. Reminded us of a very romantic train ride. We need another very romantic train ride soon.

Off to get pho shortly. Mmm.
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