On May 17, , the debate over gay marriage in Massachusetts finally ended. Massachusetts made history on a grand scale by becoming the first state in the U. Department of Public Health case, a 4—3 ruling was brought to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on November 18, , which found that the state of Massachusetts may not, under any circumstance, "deny the protections, benefits and obligations conferred by civil marriage to two individuals of the same sex who wish to marry. And the rest, as they say, truly is history.
Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States
Same Sex Marriage Laws in the United States – International Lesbian & Gay Law Association
State level bans against same-sex marriage licenses became obsolete in June when the U. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell vs. The decision was an unprecedented step forward in the gay rights movement when the court ruled in a decision that all states must recognize same-sex marriages under federal law. It was a narrow decision, but it nonetheless forced all states to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Many states already had laws in place approving same-sex marriage, so the SCOTUS decision was something of a moot point in these jurisdictions. Other states resisted the Obergefell decision, but to no avail.
They have created a life and a family together. Fifteen years ago, on May 17, , same-sex couples and their allies in Massachusetts gathered at city halls around the state to obtain marriage licenses and celebrate their newly instated rights. This was made possible by a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling six months earlier that determined the Massachusetts Constitution guarantees the right of civil marriage to same-sex couples and made Massachusetts the first state to achieve marriage equality. The case would become known as Goodridge v. The case was in many ways an uphill battle.
This story originally ran on the front page of the Daily Hampshire Gazette on May 17, The couple, plaintiffs in the landmark Massachusetts gay marriage case, were one of the first same-sex couples in the country to legally sign their marriage papers. A massive crowd had gathered to celebrate the day. After leaving the council chambers, the couple were showered with rice, and greeted with shouts of congratulations as they made their way towards the courthouse, where they sought a waiver in order to be able to marry today.