There have been numerous      reasons given for why New England has found such strong legal recognition for same-sex marriages in comparison to the rest of the United States. As to same-sex couples, however, who cannot conceive and bear children without the aid of a third party, the presumption is, in every case, a physical and biological impossibility.
Bush took note of these events in Massachusetts with a statement calling for a constitutional amendment "defining and protecting marriage as a union of a man and a woman as husband and wife. Downes, 71 Conn. Although in normal circumstances, "[t]he [L]egislature is not required to justify its classifications, nor provide a record or finding in support of them," id.
See Michael H. Whatever the nature of this constitutional right "to choose to marry," Goodridge, supra atthere is no right to have the State continue to use any particular term with which to describe that legal relationship.
Barney Frank to his longtime partner, Jim Ready, in a ceremony officiated by then-Gov. That same-sex couples are willing to embrace marriage's solemn obligations of exclusivity, mutual support, and commitment to one another is a testament to the enduring place of marriage in our laws and in the human spirit.
Cambridge University Press. What the statistics fail to reveal is how many of those same-sex weddings have ended in divorce, something the state doesn't track. Linda Bailey-Davies, 69, and Gloria Bailey-Davies, 74, were one of those couples who exchanged vows on May 17 after a year courtship.
Archived from the original on September 6, He told a news conference: "We certainly won't record on our public health records marriages that are on the face of them not consistent with the law". October 9, The legalization of same-sex marriages just over a decade ago has led to a steady stream of gay couples opting to take vows, a change that has grown routine in a state that was already known for its liberal social views.
July 26, Opponents of the decision asked federal courts to overrule the decision. Archived from the original on June 5,
Google Scholar. MA was the 6 th jurisdiction in the world to legalize marriage equality. The bill maintains an unconstitutional, inferior, and discriminatory status for same-sex couples, and the bill's remaining provisions are too entwined with this purpose to stand independently.
For instance, New England has strong libertarian associations,   and other social movements, such as abolition of slavery and women's suffrage , started in New England.