Log Cabin applauds Mass. court decision on gay marriage

November 18, 2003 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blogger Tumblr

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans applaud the decision today of the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that same and opposite sex couples must be given equal civil marriage rights under the state constitution.

"Log Cabin has always worked for equal, not special rights, clearly this historic decision addresses that. We call on the legislature and the Governor to follow the direction of the court and provide civil marriage benefits to committed couples in loving relationships," said Log Cabin Executive Director Patrick Guerriero.

Guerriero is a former Massachusetts legislator, mayor and has served as executive director of Log Cabin Republicans since January of this year.

"It is important to remember that this ruling in no way impacts religious organizations. No church, synagogue or mosque will be forced to recognize same sex relationships. This ruling is about the responsibilities and rights that only government can confer with civil recognition," added Guerriero.

The ruling will ensure that same sex couples will have hospital visitation assured without question, file joint tax returns, and make health care decisions for their partner.