Massachusetts' Decision on Gay Rights

By: Natalie Shepherd
By: Natalie Shepherd

The Massachusetts' Supreme Court decided Tuesday 4-3 that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The state joins Vermont, Alaska and Hawaii in making similar decisions. Gay rights' activists across the country say it is a step forward.
Here in Mid-Michigan, reaction to the decision is mixed. State Senator Alan Cropsey (R)-DeWitt says the decision is undemocratic. Cropsey is against same-sex unions, and says this decision is an example of judges legislating from the bench.
Michigan State Univeristy GLFSA President Val Meyers says the effect of these decisions is cumulative. She also says the civil, or legal, rights obtained in marriage are rights all people should be allowed to have.
A spokesperson for Gov. Jennifer Granholm's offices says the governor is against gay marriage. Here in Michigan, marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman.


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