Popping The Question

Now that a Massachusetts court says gays can wed, will it go national? Not if conservatives can stop it

In all, there were seven couples who brought the suit that resulted in Massachusetts' court ruling on gay marriage last week. Two of the plaintiffs were Ed Balmelli and Michael Horgan. A couple of years ago, they did what generations of would-be newlyweds have done: they went before a clerk at Boston's city hall to apply for a marriage license. "The woman looked back and forth from each of us and said, 'Where's the bride?'" recalls Balmelli. "And we said, 'This marriage has two grooms.' She was just speechless."

Not so the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. In a momentous 4-to-3...

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