Unlike earlier rogue 'marriages' performed by officials openly breaking the law, Massachusetts has now become the first state to issue legal licenses to homosexual couples:
Massachusetts was thrust into the center of a nationwide debate on gay marriage when the state's Supreme Judicial Court issued its narrow 4-3 ruling in November that gays and lesbians had a right under the state constitution to wed.
In the days leading up to Monday's deadline for same-sex weddings to begin, opponents looked to the federal courts for help in overturning the Supreme Judicial Court's ruling. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene.
It's somewhat inevitable, I suppose. With the constant bombardment to normalize homosexual behavior we now find that it leads to a legal redefinition of marriage. And it will not stop with the People's Republic of Massachussets:
Out-of-state gay couples are likely to challenge Massachusetts' 1913 marriage statute, which bars out-of-state couples from marrying in Massachusetts if the union would be illegal in their home state. Gov. Mitt Romney (search), a gay-marriage opponent, has said the law will be enforced and clerks who give licenses to nonresidents may face legal implications.
Still, local officials in Provincetown, Worcester and Somerville, have said they will not enforce Romney's order and will give licenses to any couples who ask, as long as they sign the customary affidavit attesting that they know of no impediment to their marriage.
Sure enough, Chris McCary, 43, and his partner of six years, John Sullivan, 37, of Anniston, Ala., were first in line outside town hall in Provincetown Monday morning.
"This is the most important day of my life," said McCary, who planned to return to Alabama with Sullivan, even though their union won't be recognized there. "This window could be closed in the future but it's still worth it."
I'm sure the folks in Anniston are thrilled. But now we will have homosexual 'married' couples, documents in hand, going to court in state after state in order to have their Massachusetts licenses recognized. A few states will bite. Others won't, the Supreme Court will get involved and suddenly you will awaken one day to find that homosexual 'marriages' are the law across the land. No state will actually have voted for it, but it will be legal nonetheless.
Only through great effort and determination could those who seek to defend traditional marriage prevail at this point. I believe it could happen. I just don't believe it will.
Marriage as an institution has been under attack for two generations. No fault divorce and the rise and normalization of the unwed mother has removed society's regard for that unique relationship between a man and a woman. We should not be shocked at what happens next.