The Dangerous Confusions of Goodridge



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same sex marriage, marriage law, courts, human rights, discrimination


This article presents information on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court which decided in November 2003 that the marriage of two people of the same sex was not only possible, but a constitutional right under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In "Goodridge v. Department of Public Health," chief justice Margaret Marshall and three of her colleagues concluded that same-sex couples had been hitherto arbitrarily deprived of the benefits of marriage, and so the court gave the legislature six months to remedy this apparently unjust discrimination by adapting current law to contemporary realities.

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The Human Life Review

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Heaney, S. (2004). The dangerous confusions of Goodridge. The Human Life Review, 30(4), 21-32.