11/20/2003 Add a comment

The Harvard Crimson tells us that the city of Cambridge may be the first Massachusetts town to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This, my friends, is why I love Cambridge. The Crimson's article also has some fairly interesting on-the-ground analysis of the relationship between judges, courts, legislatures, and governors. The Massachusetts decision is in many ways just like Brown v. Board of Education was in 1954--in other words, an enormous social change precipated by the courts towards a not-entirely-approving public. Watching how this plays out in Massachusetts is interesting for its own sake--but it also helps us better understand what happened in the glory days of the Supreme Court. Historical times, people, historical times. Gretchen