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The Registrar of Vital Records in Massachusetts has instructed city and town clerks to issue marriage license to homosexuals from New Mexico.
BY GAIL BESSEREGISTER CORRESPONDENT
BOSTON — Although former Gov. Mitt Romney ordered town
clerks to issue “marriage” liscenses to same-sex couples in Massachusetts, the
law prohibited out-of-staters from participating.
Now, activists have found a loophole.
In 2006, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled that unless
a state expressly prohibits same-sex “marriages,” Massachusetts can issue
licenses to such couples.
In July, Massachusetts Registrar of Vital Records and
Statistics Stanley Nyberg advised city and town clerks to issue marriage
licenses to same-sex couples from New Mexico. Nyberg’s office is under the
state Department of Public Health, whose commissioner, John Auerbach, is
“married” to his male friend.
“New Mexico’s laws do
not prohibit marriage between parties of the same gender,” Nyberg wrote in his
memorandum, which came in response to questions from Gay and Lesbian Advocates
and Defenders (GLAD).
New Mexico is just the beginning. Homosexual activists plan
to vigorously exploit that loophole, said Michael Glatze.
Glatze is the co-founder of Young Gay America magazine and
was frequently quoted as an advocate of the homosexual lifestyle until he
denounced the lifestyle this summer.
Now he warns that a concerted effort is underway to breach
the boundaries of other states via the courts.
“There is a very good likelihood of every possible maneuver
being used to embed ‘acceptable’ homosexuality into every last fiber of our
society,” he said in an interview from his San Francisco home. “If we don’t
stand firm on this issue, we may as well give up all claims to being
GLAD spokeswoman Carisa Cunningham said her group agreed
that her organization is looking to expand the impact of a “marriage equality”
case it won involving a couple from Rhode Island, the only other state without
a law or amendment.
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders has online
publications advising same-sex couples how to “marry” in Massachusetts.
“We really can’t tell what will happen in New Mexico,”
Cunningham said of the Massachusetts ruling.
“Of course their goal is to have ‘gay marriage’ here,” said
Allen Sanchez, New Mexico Catholic Conference’s director. The conference and
the Washington-based Alliance for Marriage were the only two groups that
testified in February for a state marriage-protection amendment, which
“It was a lonely moment,” said Alliance for Marriage’s
President Matt Daniels. “Our opponents accused us of being hateful; they said
there was no threat to marriage in New Mexico. Well, they hid the knife.
“The reason we drafted the federal Marriage Protection
Amendment is that fundamentally, the battle is going to end in some kind of
national solution. We won’t have a society with radically different definitions
of marriage; there will be one definition. This is the smoking gun.”
And, Glatze warned, “Since a lot of the courts are steeped
in ‘separation of church and state’ dogma, and have ACLU lawyers ready to do
absolutely everything, without scruples, it seems clear that it’s possible for
the radical ‘gay’ agenda to entirely overpower all courts in this land.
“Ultimately, it’s the church who is going to have to stand
firm on this issue or else it’s over,” he said. “The church needs to be aware
just how easily its freedoms can be taken away from it by these people using
“Remember, because gay is a lie, it has to completely
annihilate the truth that reminds it that it’s a lie. They will stop at nothing
and will not end their fight until all mention of homosexuality being wrong is
completely eradicated from all public life. They will go so far as to outlaw
the reading of portions of the Bible.”
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The
matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a
partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of
the spouses and the procreation and education of the offspring” (1601). The
Catechism goes on to state, “the vocation to marriage is written in the very
nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is
not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have
undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and
spiritual attitudes” (1603).
In March, Pope Benedict XVI said Catholic politicians must
support marriage with their votes.
“These values are not negotiable,” he said, listing: “human
life, its defense from conception to natural death, the family built upon
marriage between a man and a woman, the freedom to educate one’s children and
the promotion of the common good in all its forms.”
“Catholic politicians and legislators, conscious of their
grave responsibility before society, must feel particularly bound, on the basis
of a properly formed conscience, to introduce and support laws inspired by
values grounded in human nature. There is an objective connection here with the
Eucharist. Bishops are bound to reaffirm constantly these values as part of
their responsibility to the flock entrusted to them.”
Ray Flynn, former Boston mayor and former U.S. ambassador to
the Holy See, urged Catholics to heed warnings like Glatze’s and “stop being
afraid of our own shadow.” Flynn heads Catholic Citizenship, which encourages
laypeople to be politically active.
Flynn said he was not surprised that ripples are now
spreading since the Massachusetts Legislature caved in to Democratic leadership
pressure and squashed a marriage amendment June 14. That measure would have let
voters define marriage as a heterosexual union, a right they were deprived of
following a 2003 ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court.
The Massachusetts amendment failed because those who want to
redefine marriage worked harder than those who don’t, according to Flynn and
Bay State activists like Phil Paleologos of New Bedford, who organized busloads
of voters to lobby legislators.
“A lot of people believed in our point of view,” Paleologos
said, “But not enough came out. They didn’t want to start arguments with their
neighbors; they didn’t want to start arguments at work.”
“Catholics are the largest and most important voting bloc in
America,” Flynn said. “We need to get out and work in the political arena from
the school committee level to Congress to fight for our values, and to elect
people who will respect them.”
Daniels said the majority of people want marriage protected
by law for the sake of their children and grandchildren. “It’s common sense,”
Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisc., sounded a hopeful
note during a July forum at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. He urged
Catholics to have the energy and courage to speak out in defense of marriage
“no matter how tough it gets,” the Catholic Herald of Arlington, Va., reported.
“In the end this battle has to be won because Jesus Christ
is risen from the dead and his will and his call are irrevocable,” Bishop
Morlino said. “In the end we are guaranteed victory. People who play knowing
there is victory in the end can never wind up losers.”
Gail Besse writes from