WASHINGTON, November 29, 2004 ( – The US Supreme Court rejected Monday a bid challenging the Massachusetts law allowing same-sex “marriage.” The Court declined the hearing without comment.

In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered the state government to rewrite marriage laws to include same-sex couples. Since the decision, approximately 3,000 same-sex Massachusetts couples have ‘married’. Robert Largess, Vice President of the Catholic Action League, along with eleven Massachusetts legislators launched the suit. Their initial challenge, heard at the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, was lost.  In 2006, it is predicted that the issue will come before voters in a referendum during the next Massachusetts election. Earlier this month, 11 out of 11 states voted overwhelmingly to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman, while President George W. Bush has promised to enact a constitutional amendment on marriage while in office.  “This decision highlights the need for an amendment to the United States Constitution protecting marriage and defining it as the union of one man and one woman,” Mathew Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, said in a release. Liberty Counsel represented Largess and the legislators in the suit. “Marriage will be defined by someone. I would rather have it defined by the people of the United States instead of the judiciary.”“This battle is far from over,” he concluded. “The Constitution should protect the citizens of Massachusetts from their own state Supreme Court’s usurpation of power.”  Read related coverage:   tv