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HRC Raises Massachusetts Flag to Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary

MA HRC FlagThis morning HRC proudly raised the Massachusetts’ flag above headquarters in honor of ten years of marriage equality in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down its ruling in Goodridge et al. v. The Department of Public Health that only marriage would provide equal protection under state law to same-sex couples on November 18, 2003. The court reaffirmed its decision in February 2004, and on May 17 of that year, same-sex couples began marrying in Massachusetts.

This week HRC also celebrates the plaintiff couples, GLAD attorneys, and MassEquality's coalition of 17 organizations that helped to make Massachusetts marriage a reality.

Shortly after the Goodridge decision, HRC Field Director Marty Rouse (pictured) was brought on to lead MassEquality, the statewide LGBT equality group. The court’s ruling was quickly brought under attack by a legislative effort to overturn it.

“Was this flag of freedom set loosely into the Massachusetts soil, or would we dig deep and solidify this victory as a harbinger of more to come? That was the question ten years ago,” Rouse said.

Thank you to the plaintiffs, GLAD attorneys, and MassEquality's coalition of 17 organizations that helped to make Massachusetts marriage a reality.

Read more from the Massachusetts blog series here.

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