Reactions to the Massachusetts Supreme Court Ruling
Tampering with 'society's DNA' or ensuring the 'continuing vitality of marriage'? Both sides weigh in.
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The American Family Association
"This decision is on an order of magnitude that is beyond the capacity of words. The court has tampered with society's DNA, and the consequent mutation will reap unimaginable consequences for Massachusetts and our nation."
-Brian Fahling, Senior Trial Attorney, AFA Center for Law & Policy
Former Republican Presidential Candidate
"For anyone who has not understood the cultural struggle today, this is the perfect illustration. Four robed individuals are attempting to seize power from the people of Massachusetts and their elected officials and order a cultural outcome of their choosing...They are ordering the unprecedented destruction of marriage despite tremendous public support for the key building block of society....They would overturn thousands of years of accepted religious values and common sense principles regarding the institution of marriage and what is best for children and families, and pass the buck for designing this unprecedented destruction of a premier social institution."
The Family Research Council
"While we are certainly relieved that the court stopped short of granting marriage licenses to the homosexual couples demanding them, it is inexcusable for this court to force the state legislature to 'fix' its state constitution to make it comport with the pro-homosexual agenda of 4 court justices. This is THE wake-up call for both the American public and our elected officials. If we do not amend the Massachusetts State Constitution so that it explicitly protects marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and if we do not amend the U.S. Constitution with a federal marriage amendment that will protect marriage on the federal level, we will lose marriage in this nation. Marriage is about more than tax credits and other financial benefits. It is about preserving the best environment for raising children and the safest, healthiest living situation for adults. Without strong marriages as our bedrock, our nation will suffer a devastating blow. We must amend the Constitution if we are to stop a tyrannical judiciary from redefining marriage to the point of extinction."
-Tony Perkins, President
Christian Coalition of America
"It is reprehensible for left-wing judges, such as these four radical Massachusetts judges, to disregard the will of the overwhelming majority of the American people who believe that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Traditional marriage is one of the last obstacles to the complete normalization of homosexuality in America."
-Roberta Combs, President
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
"Today's ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is a landmark step toward ensuring the right of gay and lesbian Americans to share in the joys, and privileges, of marriage afforded heterosexual Americans....Today's decision is also an important affirmation of continuing vitality of the institution of marriage. As the Court itself recognized, today's decision "marks a significant change in the definition of marriage as it has been inherited from the common law.. But it does not disturb the fundamental value of marriage in our society....The Reform Jewish Movement has long been committed to welcoming gay and lesbian Jews into our congregations, synagogues and communal life and strongly supports legislative efforts to provide equal opportunity through civil marriage for gay and lesbian individuals."
-Mark J. Pelavin, Associate Director
"We enthusiastically applaud today's ruling....The Unitarian UniversalistAssociation has a long-standing and deeply held religious commitment tosupport full equality for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people,and today's ruling is a significant step forward in guaranteeing that therights enjoyed by heterosexual couples in the Commonwealth of Massachusettsare also available to its bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender citizens."
-The Rev. William G. Sinkford, President
The American Civil Liberties Union
"This court ruling says that individuals who are police officers, firefighters and teachers who serve in our military and pay taxes cannot be denied the same rights as other couples simply because they are gay or lesbian. The court today recognized that a constitution that protects individual rights does not allow government to say that only some families will be protected."
-Matt Coles, Director of the ACLU's Lesbian and Gay Rights Project
Human Rights Campaign
"In the best tradition of our nation, the court ruled that the hard-working, tax-paying gay and lesbian citizens deserve the same rights and protections under law as other citizens of that state. This ruling will never interfere with the right of religious institutions - churches, synagogues and mosques - to determine who will be married within the context of their respective religious faiths. This is about whether gay and lesbian couples in long-term, committed relationships will be afforded the benefits, rights and protections afforded other citizens to best care for their partners and children. This ruling simply means that devoted couples in Massachusetts will no longer have to worry about being denied the ability to visit each other in the hospital, or the ability to make medical decisions for their beloved."
-Elizabeth Birch, executive director