Gay activists have claimed that nothing worst could happen once marriage licenses are issued to gay couples. Starting May 17, homosexual couples are now allowed to marry in Massachusetts and many pro-family experts are anticipating much social chaos across the nation.
So far, 12 of Massachusetts' 1,200 judges have resigned in protest. Although Gov. Mitt Romney clearly announced that he would enforce the state law barring out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying in Massachusetts, city clerks are ignoring the governor. Similarly in New York, where homosexual "marriage" is illegal, Gov. George Pataki has said he agrees with Romney on enforcing state law barring out-of-state same-sex marriages, yet, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer also said he might ignore the law.
In addition, it is expected that more same-sex couples seeking to marry will file lawsuits in other states. In June, a federal appeals court will decide on an injunction to stay the last November Massachusetts ruling, which could pave the way to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile many pro-family groups are relying their hope on the federal amendment. Monday President Bush reiterated his call for gay marriage amendment and in 2006 the Massachusetts legislature will vote on a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Still more Americans oppose gay marriage. According to a poll conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide found that 67% of Americans support the Federal Marriage Amendment , which shows high chance of voiding the Massachusetts gay marriages.
Since Massachusetts became the first state to legally issue gay marriage licenses, both proponents and opponents of gay marriage are leading rallies in the cities across the nation. Yesterday a rally organized by Campaign for California Families took place in Los Angeles, to protect marriages and another rally in Chicago to demand legalization of same-sex marriage. Another group of protestors who oppose gay marriage gathered in Chicago and led a counter demonstration carrying signs that read “Protect Marriage Now” at the Thompson Center, a state government building, saying same-sex marriage should never be allowed in Illinois.
The Illinois Family Institute called it "a very sad day."