“Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations”
“Marriage also bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family.”
“Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life's momentous acts of self-definition.”
These three selections from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health are about as romantic as judicial decisions come. Luckily, actual lawyers are a bit more romantic in person.
This Valentine’s Day, please join us as we celebrate four alumni couples who met in law school and joined together in the “vital social institution” of marriage. Click a photo to read each couple's story.