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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Did Gov Mitt Romney (R-MA) chose to support 'gay' marriage?

A leader of the Parents' Rights Coalition in Massachusetts says he believed all along that Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) chose to implement "gay" marriages in that state, and now a court has confirmed that it did not have the power to order that change. John Haskins, associate director of the family-support organization, told WorldNetDaily that three years after the Goodridge decision by the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts, "Americans merely have to note that the judges admit now ... that they have no power over the other branches of government, and that the state constitution says that only the legislature can suspend laws" . . . [Click for more] Romney to File Papers on Wednesday to Run for President

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The contention that Mitt Romney chose to implement "gay" marriages is completely falacious. The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that the existing state constitution/laws allowed for gay marriages. There was nothing for Mitt Romney to implement. See http://www.evangelicalsformitt.org/front_page/mitt_romney_chose_gay_marriage.php for details on this topic.

1/02/2007  
Blogger Bill Smith / ARRA Editor said...

In the debate on the issue of "Did Gov. Mitt Romney chose to support Gay marriage?" each person will need to gather and review the facts. To provided further clarification of the actual Massachusetts Supreme court decision visit http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/supremejudicialcourt/goodridge.html to read Hillary GOODRIDGE & others [FN1] vs. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & another. [FN2] SJC-08860.

In summary, the court said:
"We construe civil marriage to mean the voluntary union of two persons as spouses, to the exclusion of all others. This reformulation redresses the plaintiffs' constitutional injury and furthers the aim of marriage to promote stable, exclusive relationships. It advances the two legitimate State interests the department has identified: providing a stable setting for child rearing and conserving State resources. It leaves intact the Legislature's broad discretion to regulate marriage. See Commonwealth v. Stowell, 389 Mass. 171, 175 (1983)."

"In their complaint the plaintiffs request only a declaration that their exclusion and the exclusion of other qualified same-sex couples from access to civil marriage violates Massachusetts law. We declare that barring an individual from the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violates the Massachusetts Constitution. We vacate the summary judgment for the department. We remand this case to the Superior Court for entry of judgment consistent with this opinion. Entry of judgment shall be stayed for 180 days to permit the Legislature to take such action as it may deem appropriate in light of this opinion. See, e.g., Michaud v. Sheriff of Essex County, 390 Mass. 523, 535-536 (1983)."

What the legislature did in the 180 days from the decision is open to further research.

One side may argue the Gov. Romney was required to act. Another side may argue that the Courst has no jurisdiction to enforce action on the Executive Branch under seperation of poweres in the State of Massachusetts.

Since Gov. Romney is considering running for President, we hope readers will research and provide their input -- hopefully not all using the "anonymous" option.

1/02/2007  

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