Mass. Gay Marriage Ruling Appealed To US Supreme Court
by The Associated Press
(Boston, Massachusetts) A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected an attempt by conservative groups and state lawmakers to stop gay marriage in Massachusetts.
The Florida-based Liberty Counsel, which launched the lawsuit, said it would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The plaintiffs had argued that Massachusetts' high court usurped the power of the Legislature — and thereby violated the U.S. Constitution — when it ruled last year that gay couples are entitled to wed.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed Tuesday, and said the appropriate way to contest the state court ruling is by amending the Massachusetts Constitution — a long process already under way.