Gants and six associate justices make up the supreme judicial court (sjc). The seven justices hear appeals on a broad range of criminal and civil cases from september to may and issue written opinions that are posted online. In a historic opinion on november 18, 2003, glad won a ruling from the massachusetts supreme judicial court that gay and lesbian couples can no longer be excluded from civil marriage rights in massachusetts. The 4-3 opinion was the first of its kind in this country by a final appellate court. 644 (2015) ( o b r f l oh-br-g-fel), is a landmark civil rights case in which the supreme court of the united states ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the due process clause and the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment to the united states constitution. Irish american gay, lesbian and bisexual group of boston et al. Certiorari to the supreme judicial court of massachusetts no. The supreme court struck down the defense of marriage act which had long deterred other states from following massachusetts lead, and gays and lesbians now serve openly in the military without. boston (ap) the same state court that paved the way for same-sex marriage in the united states is now being asked to decide a complicated case about the parental rights of a.