As the plaintiffs in the landmark case — Goodridge v. Department of Public Health — that brought same-sex marriage to the first state in the country, the Goodridges, six other couples, and their attorney Mary Bonauto broke an historic barrier on May 17, A decade later, 17 other states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. President Obama and many elected leaders have come to embrace marriage equality as have a majority of Americans.
From Massachusetts, lessons on gay marriage — and divorce
Massachusetts judge approves marriage there for Rhode Island gays
A gay marriage supporter waves a gay pride flag across the street from gay marriage opponents outside the State House in Boston, November 9, Massachusetts lawmakers approved a measure on Tuesday that could give voters a chance next year to ban gay marriage in the only U. With hundreds of protesters on both sides of the emotionally charged issue chanting slogans outside the gold-domed Statehouse, 61 lawmakers voted to advance the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage — more than enough needed under state law for such initiatives. The member legislature, which has faced a grueling battle over the issue for three years, immediately moved to reconsider its vote, a step gay-marriage supporters had hoped would defeat it. But the measure passed a second vote by the same margin. If it clears another legislative test expected by early next year, Massachusetts residents will vote on it in
Mass. House approves gay marriages for out of state couples
By adopting the compromise, lawmakers essentially blocked the consideration of several other amendments supported by pro-family groups, including one that would ban both gay marriage and civil unions and another that would have split the question into two, allowing citizens the chance to vote separately on gay marriage and civil unions. The vote came at the opening of the third round of a constitutional convention on this issue. Two more votes are needed for the amendment to be completely approved; should this happen, it will go to the Legislature for further consideration before going to the voters in the fall of
In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States. In , just one year after the historic Stonewall Riots that galvanized the gay rights movement, law student Richard Baker and librarian James McConnell applied for a marriage license in Minnesota.