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Equal Marriage - Last Ditch Attacks

In the last few weeks leading up to May 17, 2004, when same-sex couples would begin getting married in Massachusetts, conservatives hostile to marriage equality launched desperate attacks to undermine the Goodridge decision. However, GLAD responded, argued that the suits were unfounded, and won.

1. C.J. Doyle of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts -- Petition to extend the stay in Goodridge. This petition was heard by a single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and denied May 3, 2004. On May 27, 2005, the SJC dismissed the case, ending the last legal challenge to same-sex couples marrying in Massachusetts. Read: the SJC dismissal (5-27-05) the denial decision (5-3-04) (pdf) GLAD's filing in opposition (4-23-04) (pdf) the petition (4-20-04) (pdf)

2. American Center for Law and Justice -- Motion to vacate judgment argues that the SJC did not have jurisdiction to decide the Goodridge case. This motion was denied May 7, 2004. Read: the motion (pdf) GLAD's opposition memo (pdf) the Attorney General's opposition friend of the court brief (pdf) the decision (pdf)

3. Ray Flynn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican filed a similar motion. In light of the ACLJ denial, a hearing on this similar motion was canceled on May 11, 2004. Flynn appealed to a single justice of the SJC, GLAD responded, and the motion was denied on May 14, 2004 Read Justice Spina's decision (pdf)

4. The Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based conservative legal organization, filed in federal court for a temporary restraining order to stop the issuance of marriage licenses on May 17. The motion was denied by U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro on May 13, and again on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals on June 29. On November 29, 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case. Read: Judge Tauro's decision (pdf) the 1st Circuit's denial of emergency relief (pdf) the U.S. Supreme Court's denial of emergency relief (pdf) GLAD's Brief to The first Circuit - May 28, 2004 (pdf) Appeals Court Denial (Largess Decision) - June 29, 2004 (pdf)