The untold story of the improbable campaign that finally tipped the U. Supreme Court. The county clerk, Gerald Nelson, refused to give it to them.
Smeallie issued a statement on the Supreme Court ruling re: Marriage Equality. Read it here. Department of Public Health stating that denying civil marriage licenses to same sex couples is a violation of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights.
They have created a life and a family together. Fifteen years ago, on May 17,same-sex couples and their allies in Massachusetts gathered at city halls around the state to obtain marriage licenses and celebrate their newly instated rights. This was made possible by a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling six months earlier that determined the Massachusetts Constitution guarantees the right of civil marriage to same-sex couples and made Massachusetts the first state to achieve marriage equality.
They won. On Friday, Wilson seemed a bit stunned by a U. Supreme Court decision that makes gay marriage legal in every state. Wilson was part of a concerted campaign in Massachusetts that helped transform attitudes.
Jubilant advocates of same-sex marriage celebrated Friday outside the Supreme Court after the majority of the justices declared such unions a constitutional right. Photo by Flickr contributor Darth Viral. The opinion in the case of Obergefell v.
Same-sex marriage seemed impossible — until the first couples wed in Massachusetts 15 years ago tomorrow. Both proponents and opponents were energized as wedding bells rang across the state. Catapulted into the limelight, the issue of marriage equality dominated much of the political and social discourse for the next decade.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Same-sex marriage is so yesterday in Massachusetts. These days, the earliest pioneers in gay and lesbian matrimony are showing the nation how to raise kids, retire -- even divorce.
Mary L. She has litigated in the state and federal courts of New England on discrimination issues, parental rights, free speech and religious liberty, and relationship recognition. In she successfully argued before the U. Supreme Court in the historic case Obergefell v.
Since then, the highest federal court in the country has weighed-in on about a dozen other LGBT rights—related cases, which have had powerful impacts on the gay rights movement. SCOTUS's first gay rights case focused on the First Amendment—specifically, how the rights of free speech and press apply to homosexual content. InLos Angeles' postmaster Otto Olesen ordered federal postal authorities to seize ONEa homosexual magazine the nation's firstarguing that the magazine's content was "obscene.