First Circuit Court of Appeals Will Hear Massachusetts Same-Sex Marriage Case

May 13, 2004

BOSTON, MA - Today, District Judge Joseph Tauro declined to issue an emergency stay of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision to allow same-sex marriages.

Mathew Staver, President and General Counsel for Liberty Counsel, who argued the case this week on behalf of 11 legislators and a Boston resident, has already asked the First Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case.

In response to the ruling Staver said, "We will appeal this case as far as necessary to ensure that the separation of powers principle is upheld in Massachusetts. The republican representative form of government must be restored so the people can have a chance to define marriage."

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