Monday, November 29, 2004

Supreme Court Bounces Challenge to Gay Marriage in Massachusetts 

From the AP wire:
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to the only state that allows gay marriages, declining to hear an appeal aimed at overturning the Massachusetts law that prompted a national debate on the legality and morality of same-sex unions.

The decision ended the legal fight over a 4-3 Massachusetts high court ruling last November giving gay couples the right to marry. But both sides say the U.S. Supreme Court's unwillingness to intervene means there will be more fights in courts and legislatures around the country.

President Bush has promised to make passage of an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment a priority in his second term.

"Activist judges are seeking to redefine marriage for the rest of society, and the people's voice is not being heard in this process," said presidential spokesman Scott McClellan. "That's why the president is committed to moving forward with Congress on a constitutional amendment that would protect the sanctity of marriage" . . . .

Legal analysts said the Supreme Court's decision to stay out of the battle wasn't surprising, because the lawsuit made a rarely used claim that activist Massachusetts judges had violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of a republican form of government.
In reading about the (flimsy) basis for the suit we thought we smelled one of those doomed crusades Thomas Frank writes about, the ones right-wing Republicans like to fight just so they can lose -- proving their bona fides to the values crowd at no cost, and rousing the base's natural sense of victimhood in the process (and this one's a twofer, because a Supreme Court snub would stir up resentment against those damned homosexuals AND those damned activist judges.) But we were forced to discard that hypothesis when we visited AmericaBlog, where Rob has posted the AP's list of Massachusetts state legislators who joined in the rejected lawsuit:
Rep. Elizabeth A. Poirier, R-North Attleboro: email - 617-722-2976
Rep. John A. Lepper, R-Attleboro:
email - 617-722-2100
Rep. Edward G. Connolly, D-Everett:
email - 617-722-2692
Rep. Christopher P. Asselin, D-Springfield:
email - 617-722-2090
Rep. Philip Travis, D-Rehoboth:
email - 617-722-2430
Rep. James R. Miceli, D-Wilmington:
email - 617-722-2692
Rep. Peter J. Larkin, D-Pittsfield:
email - 617-722-2380
(Rob's Note: Larkin is on the board of the Mass. DLC - I guess bigotry is part of moderation.)
Rep. Robert S. Hargraves, R-Groton:
email - (617) 722-2305
Rep. Emile J. Goguen, D-Fitchburg:
email - 617-722-2400
Rep. Mark J. Carron, D-Southbridge:
email - 617-722-2060
Sen. Steven C. Panagiotakos, D-Lowell:
email - (617) 722-1630
The unfortunate-but-true heading under which the list appeared was "Bigotry Knows No Party Affiliation."

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