Massachusetts Court's Same-Sex 'Marriage' Ruling an Outrage

Focus on the Family
Tuesday, 18 November 2003

Dobson Denounces 'Arrogant' Decision

Focus on the Family Chairman Dr. James Dobson expressed outrage at this morning's 4-3 decision in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, a Massachusetts case that paves the way for same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses in the Bay State signaling a systematic dismantling of our nation's understanding of marriage.
"The dire ramifications of what is happening in the United States and other Western nations cannot be overstated," Dobson said. "For millennia, traditional marriage -- the union of one man and one woman -- has been celebrated by every culture on Earth as the cornerstone of society. But now, we have this activist court that is arrogant enough to say that those thousands of years of culture are simply wrong."

The fallout from the decision will not be limited to Massachusetts. Same-sex couples allowed to legally "marry" in Massachusetts will be able to return and challenge existing marriage laws in their own states. There are currently 37 states with Defense of Marriage Acts (DOMAs) in place, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman but it is unclear whether states without DOMAs will be forced to immediately recognize this decision.

"The homosexual activist movement, which has achieved virtually every goal and objective it set out to accomplish more than 50 years ago, is now closer than it has ever been to administering a devastating and potentially fatal blow to the traditional family. What makes these developments so shocking is that the legal acceptance of homosexual marriage was little more than a pipe dream just a few years ago, but now it has become a tidal wave that is sweeping around the globe.

"That, " Dobson added, "illustrates the destructive power of the judicial tyranny that has gripped our nation."

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