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With This Ring...

There are plenty of strong, opposing opinions about gay marriage even among gays and lesbians but this passage from the recent (amazingly rational and straightforward) ruling by my new heroes, The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, perfectly sums up why the issue has always been a no-brainer to me:

Barred access to the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage, a person who enters into an intimate, exclusive union with another of the same sex is arbitrarily deprived of membership in one of our community's most rewarding and cherished institutions. That exclusion is incompatible with the constitutional principles of respect for individual autonomy and equality under law.

It's not about religion, it's not about the children, it's certainly not about morality, it's not about whether or not marriage itself is an outdated social institution it's just about autonomy and equality.

As I prepare for the infuriating backlash to this decision a stream of reactionary, conservative outrage that will surely aggravate my ulcers for weeks and months to come let's hope the Massachusetts State Legislature takes the hint and doesn't try to effectively invalidate this notion by passing legislation or even a constitutional amendment that denies the spirit of the ruling.

More to come, no doubt.

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