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10 Years of Marriage Equality

E. Denise Simmons | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
E. Denise Simmons

I am incredibly proud of the fact that Cambridge made the decision to issue marriage licenses in the first moments of May 17, 2004. The cheering crowds on the front lawn still echo through the years. In the decade since that incredible night, the spirit of tolerance and equality has been slowly, steadily sweeping over this nation.

Racial Divide in LGBTQ Communities Could Have Derailed Marriage Debate in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

To the surprise of white LGBTQ organizations, both the LGBTQ African-American community and the straight African-American community had much to say about the white queer political machine's appropriation of the language of the black civil rights movement, done without participation by people of color.

Church Pulls Funding For Museum Over Gay Marriage Support

Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion

As many across the country spent June 26 celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to strike down key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, one...

PHOTO: Happy Ninth Anniversary To Gay Marriage In The U.S.!

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage nine years ago on Friday, after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that...

The New Age of Obamalove

Alan Shayne | Posted 07.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Alan Shayne

We still couldn't leave our estates to each other without excessive taxes, nor could we give each other money as married people can, and we would still have difficulty getting hospital rights for each other in most of the states in the country. So why was it a day that I knew would go down in history?

Gay Marriage Law Faces Challenge

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

BOSTON -- A legal battle over a law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples is headed to a federal appeals court in Massachusetts, the fir...

Black Episcopal Congregation Celebrates Lesbian Marriage

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

On August 30, St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Cambridge hosted the marriage and blessed the union of its mayor, E. Denise Simmons, and her lifetime partner, Mattie Hayes.

Kerry Seeks Asylum For Gay Brazilian Wed In Mass.

AP | MELISSA TRUJILLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOSTON — Sen. John Kerry has asked the Obama administration to grant asylum to a gay man who was forced to return to Brazil after he married a U...

Married Same-Sex Couples Sue US For Federal Benefits

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

BOSTON — Mary Ritchie, a Massachusetts State Police trooper, has been married for almost five years and has two children. But when she files her...

Armageddon in California

Sara Whitman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sara Whitman

I am a suburban lesbian mom. I live in Massachusetts. Last I checked, the end of the world has not occurred. No plagues, no locusts, no hell fire and damnation.