Celebrating 10 years of gay marriage in Mass.

For 24 years, Ellen Wade and Maureen Brodoff did not celebrate an anniversary.

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A timeline of same-sex marriage in the US

In the 10 years since the first same-sex weddings in Massachusetts, several states and the District of Columbia have followed suit, allowing gay marriage, while 27 states amended their constitutions to ban such marriages. Massachusetts played a part in a much bigger effort bringing same-sex marriage to the US.

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A decade ago, some hoped — while others feared — that something fundamental had changed in American society.

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The book about the real movement for marriage equality is yet to be written. Just remember: The victory started here.


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The plaintiffs in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health look back to May 17, 2004.

May 18, 2004

Mass. marks first day of legalized same-sex marriage

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.

May 18, 2004

Some gay couples avoid three-day wait to wed

Gay couples who arrived at courts around the state yesterday smiling, holding hands, some carrying single long-stem roses, were ushered before judges more accustomed to navigating the tense issues of divorce and child custody than the joyful rush to marry.

May 18, 2004

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Two-thirds of the gays who applied for marriage licenses yesterday were women, and an enormous majority were Mass. residents.

Nov. 19, 2003

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The Supreme Judicial Court’s decision approving gay marriage threw Beacon Hill into a frenzy.

Nov. 23, 2003

Reaction split on Mass. gay marriage ruling

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.

Outside Cambridge City Hall, Jean McGuire (right) beamed at her soon-to-be bride, Barbara Herbert, as they enjoyed a coffee at their favorite coffeehouse before their wedding.

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Photos: First day of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts

A look back at May 17, 2004, the historic day when gay couples were able to legally wed in the state.

Nov. 19, 2003

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In a historic and long-awaited decision, a deeply split Supreme Judicial Court yesterday ushered in a new era of gay rights.

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