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Extremely strange: marriage in Massachusetts in good shape

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It’s hard to believe, but the institution of marriage in Massachusetts is NOT crumbling due to allowing gay marriage. In fact, there are more marriages than before, and Massachusetts continues to have the lowest rate of divorce in the nation. Could it be that gay marriage is GOOD for the institution of marriage?

Heartwarming story here. It begins:

When Michele Frost and Mary Helen Walker enrolled their 3-year-old daughter, Shea, in preschool, it required a change in the school application form. But it was no big deal: Officials simply substituted the words “mother” and “father” with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.”

When they got their marriage license, city employees behind the counter were more interested in the child than they were in questioning the two lesbians about their relationship.

“We have been greeted so warmly,” said Frost, 42, who moved three years ago from Chicago to Quincy, Mass., just south of Boston. “We’ve just had a great experience.”

Nearly five years after the state’s Supreme Court ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, the vitriolic battle that brought international attention and apocalyptic fears to Massachusetts is all but dead. Since the first marriages on May 17, 2004, more than 11,000 couples have tied the knot. They’re busy mowing lawns and hauling kids to soccer practice, and the sky has not fallen.

Polls have shown consistent public support for gay couples. And with overwhelming support for gay marriage in the state legislature — the last effort to put it on the ballot failed 151-45 — the opposition has, for the most part, packed its bags and gone home.

“The biggest surprise about the whole thing is that there really has been no surprise,” Republican state Rep. Paul Loscocco said. “It’s been fairly much a nonevent.”

Written by Leisureguy

10 August 2008 at 9:45 am

Posted in Daily life

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  1. We had lived together for a bit by the time I proposed. I just sort of had an epiphany while driving to work one day: I had found a beautiful, smart, and funny woman that I connected with on a deep level, and I was ready to spend the rest of my life with her, up to and including modifying and compromising my own future plans to make sure that they included her. When I proposed, I felt like I was asking if she was prepared to do the same… lucky for me, she was.



    23 August 2008 at 2:44 am

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