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Happy 8th Birthday, Marriage Equality!

Happy 8th Birthday, Marriage Equality!

Light some rainbow candles and crank up the Lady GaGa, it’s time to celebrate! Today marks the eighth anniversary of a truly historic moment in civil rights. On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to legalize marriage between same-sex couples.

On that day, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. That ruling has since paved the way for LGBT equality that is slowly but surely spreading across the rest of the country.

Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality, issued a statement praising the state’s progress. “In the eight years that same-sex couples have been marrying in Massachusetts, we have learned that our communities are safer, happier, and healthier when all families are respected, supported and celebrated.”

“As time goes on and even larger majorities of Americans come to support marriage equality, we look forward to the day when all Americans can enjoy the freedom to marry,” she said.

The Metro reports that 18,462 legal same-sex marriages have been performed in the state since the landmark 2004 decision.

New York, Washington, Maryland, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa and the District of Columbia have since joined Massachusetts in passing marriage equality.

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11:10AM PDT on May 27, 2012

Since all my commenmts would not be accepted yesterday,I will word it another way.GOD made man and then made woman to help man.GOD told them to populate the earth.So tell me this how can 2 men or 2 women populate the earth through marriage ? There is only 1 true bible,King James verison.Why not pick up this bible and read the chapter Genesis.Ilove you as my brothers & sisters,but I hate the simn you are doing.

7:09AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Woop woop, happy birthday!

7:20PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Now if the rest of America n would join Massachusetts that would be great. - Marriages should forever remain equally accessible to all consenting adults.

5:22PM PDT on May 18, 2012

I'll drink to that!!!

4:32PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Happy Birthday

12:55PM PDT on May 18, 2012

I remember the day well. Happy Birthday!

12:29PM PDT on May 18, 2012

O M G. Gay marraige in Massachusetts has completely desecrated the sanctity of marraige, destroyed every aspect of society in Massachusetts, perverted our children and killed my cat.

Um, yeah, what happened to all of those predictions of doom and destruction. Gay marraige is supposed to force armegedon upon civilization yet we've had 8 years here in Massachusetts and if anything we're doing better. Massachusetts is becoming the first state for a lot progressive and liberal changes. We have mandatory health insurance and it's working well. We're now working on single payer prescription system and hope to work up to the first state to have universal healthcare. I'm proud overall proud of my state and extremely proud that it stands by it's Constitution in supporting the rights of gay people. I just wish the rest of the US and the world would smarten up.

11:11AM PDT on May 18, 2012

A great day to celebrate and ranks right up there with the Stonewall rights. Thanks for the reminder Miranda.

8:30AM PDT on May 18, 2012

Wow, eight years, really? It's been a long time and yet it feels as though we're just getting our rights granted. Those that have fought our rights deserve a pat on the back!

5:20AM PDT on May 18, 2012

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! I am so proud of my New England Neighbor, and the rest of our States up here in the Northeast who have followed suit. Where I live in Vermont we were the first state allowing Civil Unions for same-sex couples back in 2000, and then being the first state to approve of same-sex marriage by legislative vote in 2009. How awesome is that? And now, other states in our Great Nation are beginning to realize this as well: that the time has come to support Equality For All....

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