For 24 years, Ellen Wade and Maureen Brodoff did not celebrate an anniversary.
There were other events to mark in memory, like a study date at Ellen’s apartment that stretched into a marathon session when the Blizzard of ‘78 struck. There was the day three years later when they rented an apartment in a Mission Hill double-
decker, their first home together, which they shared with an adopted Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Rudy.
The moments were turning points in their relationship, sentimental markers of a growing and abiding love, but not the sort of thing that fit neatly into a champagne toast or a card.
“We acknowledged the passing of time,” Maureen said.
Marriage, 10 years ago, changed that. This Saturday, the pair will host a brunch to celebrate the day in 2004 that they were allowed to wed in Massachusetts, the first state to allow same-sex nuptials. They will be joined by fellow plaintiffs in a landmark case that carried the day before the Supreme Judicial Court and propelled a once-fringe idea into the mainstream. Today, same sex-couples can marry in 17 states, plus the District of Columbia.
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