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US Supreme Court Lets Stand Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts

The US Supreme Court today let stand a Massachusetts Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. The challenge to the Massachusetts court ruling came from a coalition of right-wing, anti-gay groups. Their lawsuit was thrown out by a federal trial judge, and that decision was upheld by the First Circuit Court of Appeals, according to Bloomberg. The US Supreme Court declined to hear the case without comment, according to the Associated Press. Some 3,000 same-sex couples have already married in Massachusetts since the state Supreme Court decision one year ago. However, state legislators are currently considering whether to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2006 that would ban gay marriage. JOIN the Feminist Majority

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Associated Press 11/29/04; Bloomberg 11/29/04