Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriages legal across the United States finalizes a trend that began in Massachusetts in 2004, when the state became the first to marry gay couples.
Below, read some past Globe coverage as the state blazed a trail on the issue that culminated with Friday’s decision.
In a historic and long-awaited decision, a deeply split Supreme Judicial Court ushered in a new era of gay rights, becoming the nation’s first state supreme court to rule that same-sex couples have the legal right to marry.
[Governor Mitt] Romney reiterated his opposition to gay marriage, declaring he had “3,000 years of recorded history” on his side, while still offering support for a handful of domestic partner benefits to gay couples. The Senate’s Democratic leader, meanwhile, said the court left the Legislature little choice but to accept gay marriage.
As the debate over gay marriages spilled into the western suburbs last week, it was clear that the region, like the rest of the state, was struggling to make sense of the landmark decision. Whether they applauded Tuesday’s ruling or deplored it, area residents agreed that it would be some time before they could gauge its long-term implications.
More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples streamed into city and town halls across the state yesterday seeking licenses to marry, as Massachusetts marked the first day of legalized same-sex matrimony.