Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is among those hailing today’s decision by the U-S Supreme Court granting same-sex couples the right to get married nationwide.
Heidi Nortonsmith of Northampton and her now-spouse Gina were among 7 couples who sued the state in the Goodridge case, which led Massachusetts to become the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004.
Ten years after the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts, the plaintiffs still get together to mark the first day of weddings.
May 17th marks a decade since the Goodridge v. Department of Public Health court decision that legalized gay marriage in Massachusetts.
Same sex marriage will remain legal in Massachusetts for the foreseeable future. The state legislature has killed a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. WFCR’s Kevin Mcnicholas reports.
Reverend Robert Hirschfeld of Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst, Massachusetts caused an uproar earlier this month when he announced that his congregation would no longer perform weddings. He took a wedding fast, as he calls it, in solidarity with gays and lesbians not allowed to marry in the Episcopal Church. Hirschfeld told WFCR’s Karen Brown, the reaction to his decision has been mixed.