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 Netherlands , Belgium , Ontario , British Columbia , and Quebec to legalize same-sex marriage. It was the first U. In , passing legislation first proposed in , Massachusetts prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in credit, public and private employment, union practices, housing, and public accommodation. Boston 's City Council debated health insurance for the same-sex partners of city employees in May  and Cambridge provided health benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees the following year.
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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. In pastel suits, with broad smiles and colorful streamers, they exchanged vows and rings just hours after Massachusetts became the first state in America to allow same-sex marriage. The Goodridges were the face of the movement. The lawsuit that made gay and lesbian marriages a reality bears their name: Goodridge v.
Gay Marriage, Same Sex Marriage, and the Constitution
Vanderbilt University. As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it. Mircea Trandafir, Peters, H Elizabeth,
In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States. In , just one year after the historic Stonewall Riots that galvanized the gay rights movement, law student Richard Baker and librarian James McConnell applied for a marriage license in Minnesota.