Twenty-seven states legally define marriage as the union of two people of opposite sexes. It was the first U. The South Vietnamese reached the town of Sign up now to learn about This Day in History straight from your inbox. Archived from the original on September 6, Until then, I intend to follow the law and expect others to do the same. Department of Public Health that it was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts Constitution to allow only opposite-sex couples to marry.
Reaction split on Mass.
The Mass. judge who first legalized same-sex marriage calls the Supreme Court ruling ‘wonderful’
Retrieved August 5, Over the course of the day, 77 other same-sex couples tied the knot across the state, and hundreds more applied for marriage licenses. Elia that Massachusetts recognizes a same-sex civil union established a different jurisdiction as the legal equivalent of a marriage. The language of their amendment was: Paid signature collectors from Arno Political Consultants subsequently revealed that an unknown but large number of these signatures had been collected through fraud.
Archived from the original on March 13, Advocates of same-sex marriage, who had been far outnumbered as demonstrators two years earlier, were a large and constant presence in the State House throughout the convention, coordinated by MassEqualityan umbrella organization formed to respond to the public backlash against Goodridge. In a major civil rights victory, the U. Department of Public Healthon behalf of several out-of-state same-sex couples and several town clerks who objected to being forced to discriminate in denying licenses to such couples. House votes to let out-of-state gays marry".