Sure, there had been a sprinkling of gay marriage activity throughout the U. to that point, with Hawaii seriously approaching the issue nearly 10 years earlier, and Vermont coming the closest to an actual tide change in 2000 when then-Governor Howard Dean signed the first civil unions bill into law.But it was Massachusetts that triggered a hurricane of activity in New England and across the U.John Kennedy kept many secrets during his lifetime: poor health, drug use, and countless affairs with women.But one secret is still largely unknown today: Kennedys oldest and dearest friend, Lemoyne Billings, was a gay man.
The first reports say that President Kennedy has been seriously wounded by this shooting.
For many, it seems like a lifetime since marriage equality became a reality for the residents of Massachusetts.
But, indeed, its only been a decade since the Massachusetts became the first state to allow gays to marry after a Supreme Judicial Court decision in November 2003 and a subsequent fight in the legislature in 2004.
S., leading today to full marriage equality in all New England states, a repeal of key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by the Supreme Court, and a tipping of public opinion in favor of gay marriage countrywide.
Throughout, thousands of individuals worked both in the trenches and in much more public ways to advance what many believe to be the panacea of GLBT equality, marriage.
Here, in the words of some of the most influential players, is an oral history of the ups and downs of the past decade.