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Opinions of the Justices to the Senate

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
802 N.E.2d 565 (Mass. 2004)


Facts

The Massachusetts Senate asked the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to opine on the constitutionality of a pending bill related to the establishment of civil unions. The senate asked the court to determine whether the bill, which prohibited same-sex couples from entering into marriage but allowed those couples to form civil unions with all of the benefits, protections, rights, and responsibilities of marriage, complied with the requirements of due process and equal protection of the Massachusetts state constitution.

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