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.
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Same-sex marriage comes to Massachusetts | UU World Magazine
Even before the Obergefell v. The New England region has been noted for being the nucleus of the same-sex marriage movement in the United States,  with the region having among the most widespread and earliest legal support of any region. In , Massachusetts became the first state in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage ,  to be followed by three more states between October and June This followed Vermont being the first-in-the-nation with civil unions in
Lessons from 10 years of gay marriage in Massachusetts
Same-sex marriage comes to Massachusetts as deeper and broader trends make the rest of the country more tolerant, too. She saw herself as a lesbian separatist and an enemy of anything that smacked of traditional institutions. Back then, the issues that engaged her were the anti-nuclear and anti-apartheid movements. But as the years passed, Goodridge's life underwent significant changes. She became involved in a long-term relationship with Julie, her partner for the past seventeen years.
Same-sex marriage , also known as gay marriage , is the marriage of two people of the same sex or gender , entered into in a civil or religious ceremony. There are records of same-sex marriage dating back to the first century. In the modern era, marriage equality was first granted to same-sex couples in the Netherlands on 1 April