Court of Appeals Schedules Oral Argument Today in Massachusetts Same-Sex Marriage Case

May 25, 2004

Boston, MA -- On Monday, June 7 at 2:30 p.m., the First Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments regarding whether to stop same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.

Mathew Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, will present arguments on behalf of a Boston resident and eleven Massachusetts Legislators against the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Staver explained, “We will argue that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court exceeded its power when it redefined marriage from the ‘union of one man and one woman’ to the ‘union of two persons.’”

After the appeals court ruling, either side could ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

Since February 12, 2004, there have been 17 lawsuits involving same-sex marriage. Liberty Counsel is involved in 15 of those cases, including the suit that stopped New Paltz, New York, Mayor Jason West from performing same-sex marriages.

Liberty Counsel also filed the first suit to stop San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. After the California Attorney General asked the California Supreme Court to address the legality of the mayor's action, Liberty Counsel was granted the right to file a brief before the Court. Today, the California Supreme Court heard arguments about whether Mayor Newsom exceeded his authority when he issued the same-sex marriage licenses.

Staver was a featured guest in Court TV's online legal chat room during the broadcast of the California Supreme Court arguments, where he debated an ACLU attorney about the case.