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Is Massachusetts the marrying kind?

Just days after Massachusetts governor Jane Swift publicly opposed gay marriage in an interview with a Boston newspaper, seven same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in Boston April 11 challenging the state's refusal to grant them marriage licenses.

But these couples don't want Vermont-style civil unions, said Mary Bonauto of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, who is the lead attorney for the plaintiffs. "Civil unions don't go far enough," she said. "They create separate institutions and do not provide access to federal protections."

Lead plaintiffs Hillary and Julie Goodridge, who have been together for 13 years, said marriage rights are a reasonable demand. "We've done all the legal work we can to protect our rights and the rights of our daughter, but we still aren't completely covered without marriage," Hillary Goodridge said. "We are talking about civil rights here. When I was a little girl in the 1950s, I read that 95% of Americans disapproved of interracial marriage, and now most people approve of it. At least with gay marriage I know we are not starting with a 95% disapproval rating."
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Title Annotation:lawsuit challenges state law abolishing same sex marriages
Author:Brune, Adrian
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U1MA
Date:May 22, 2001
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