TITLE

Yawn

AUTHOR(S)
Rosen, Jeffrey
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;5/3/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 16, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Argues that May 17, when same-sex couples will gain the right to marry in Massachusetts, will not mark the beginning of a major political or legal shift in the United States, as many gay rights activists hope, and many same-sex marriage opponents fear. Prediction that gay couples will not flock to Massachusetts to get married because of a provision of the Massachusetts marriage law that refuses to recognize marriages celebrated in the state if they take place between paries domiciled in a state that does not recognize the marriage as valid; Speculation about whether the Massachusetts legislature will shorten the amount of time required to establish residency in the state to allow more couples to marry; Discussion of what legal rights same-sex couples married in Massachusetts will have if they travel to another state; Speculation about whether gay marriage supporters will ask courts to strike down state laws banning gay marriage as a violation of the federal Constitution; Argument that it is better politically to seek recognition of gay marriage from legislatures, rather than forcing the issue through lawsuits.
ACCESSION #
12921414

 

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