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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.

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As the plaintiffs in the landmark case — Goodridge v. Department of Public Health — that brought same-sex marriage to the first state in the country, the Goodridges, six other couples, and their attorney Mary Bonauto broke an historic barrier on May 17, A decade later, 17 other states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage.

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Sponsored link. Those opposed to the legal recognition of same-sex committed couples were faced with a problem. Since this was a purely Massachusetts case, the Supreme Judicial Court's decision could not be appealed to the U.

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On the same day, 77 other same-sex couples were wed across the state, while hundreds more applied for marriage licenses. Only a handful of protests materialized. On Nov.

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Victoria Whitley-Berry. Margaret Drury on May 17, They were the first couple to be married in Cambridge that morning.

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Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. Department of Public Health that it was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts Constitution to allow only opposite-sex couples to marry. Massachusetts became the sixth jurisdiction in the world after the NetherlandsBelgiumOntarioBritish Columbiaand Quebec to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Massachusetts is the first U. The case is Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.

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Gabrielle Emanuel. Julie Goodridge left and Hillary Goodridge were the face of the movement to legalize same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. They got married on May 17,just hours after that state became the first in America to allow same-sex marriage. Fifteen years ago Friday, Hillary and Julie Goodridge married amid great fanfare and great protests.

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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.

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People ask because she was the first justice in the country to issue an opinion legalizing same-sex marriage, which she didfor a court, on Nov. The ruling, Goodridge v. Department of Public Healthbecame an instant political and cultural flash point, equally extolled and excoriated across the country. But the legislative response was overwhelmingly one-sided: within a year, 11 states passed constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.

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