Couple Who Fought for Gay Marriage Files for Divorce
In 2003, Julie and Hillary Goodridge were among seven gay couples in Massachusetts that sued for the right to marry. The lawsuit led to the historic court ruling legalizing gay marriage in the state. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The Goodridges' lawsuit against the state, which argued for equal marriage rights regardless of sexual orientation, went to the Massachusetts Supreme Court. In Nov. 2003, in a 4-3 decision, the state's highest court ruled that it was unconstitutional to allow only heterosexual couples to marry. On Feb. 4, 2004, the court confirmed its ruling, saying only full marriage rights for gay couples, not civil unions, would conform to the state's constitution.
According to CNN, President Bush called the ruling "deeply troubling" and said, "If activist judges insist on re-defining marriage by court order, the only alternative will be the constitutional process. We must do what is legally necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage."
The Massachusetts Family Institute, a public policy group, fought to repeal the legalization of gay marriage in the state.Continue reading at www.totaldivorce.com