Massachusetts Gay Marriages

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mixed reaction about whether state lawmakers in Massachusetts will obey the state's highest court.

The court ruled today that gay couples are legally entitled to marry under the state constitution -- but it stopped short of allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples who had sued the state.

The court is ordering the state Legislature to come up with a solution within six months.

A Boston lawyer says the decision from a sharply divided court is a "total victory" for supporters of same-sex marriage. She says the justices are telling state lawmakers what they want them to do -- and she doubts the lawmakers would defy the court.

But a Massachusetts law student isn't so sure. She says she's worried state lawmakers will -- in her words -- "try to weasel out of it somehow."

A former Boston mayor and U-S ambassador to the Vatican criticized the ruling. Ray Flynn tells a Boston TV station the ruling is a -- quote -- "major setback for the sacred institution of marriage as the relationship between one man and one woman."

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