Tovia Smith. The morning of May 17, , attorney Mary Bonauto headed into City Hall in Boston, where some of the plaintiffs in the state's same-sex marriage suit were applying for a marriage license. There were supporters and opponents on the plaza that day. Courtesy of InfinityPortraitDesign.
First legal same-sex marriage performed in Massachusetts
First legal same-sex marriage performed in Massachusetts - HISTORY
President George W. Barack Obama was an obscure state senator from Illinois. Mitt Romney ran Massachusetts. With that political backdrop, Mary Bonauto stood before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to argue that four lesbian and three gay couples should be allowed to get married. Bonauto — hailed by former congressman Barney Frank as the Thurgood Marshall of the gay rights movement — won that case, making Massachusetts the first state in the nation to sanction same-sex marriage.
Same-Sex Marriage License Laws
Editor's Note: This is the second of two parts on the fight of South Coast activists to protect gay marriage in Massachusetts. May 17, was the 15th anniversary of same-sex unions in Massachusetts. Pollock was talking about the local effort to beat back an effort to reverse the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage. In December , opponents, led by the Massachusetts Family Institute, a public policy organization that still opposes same-sex marriage, gathered some , signatures necessary to call a constitutional convention to exclude same-sex couples from marrying. But activists across the state mobilized to lobby the lawmakers and convince the public at large that the SJC decision should stand.
Demonstrators wave flags in support of gay marriage in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston in a photo. Clearing the way for out-of-state same-sex couples to marry in Massachusetts, state legislators on Tuesday voted to repeal a law that bans the state from marrying couples if their marriage would not be valid in their home state. Deval Patrick, a Democrat whose daughter has come out as a lesbian, has said he plans to sign the repeal measure. The Massachusetts House of Representatives approved the repeal by a vote of