Civil marriage equality in effect at the state level since 2004. (Same-sex couples may legally marry.)
In 1989, passing legislation first proposed in 1973, Massachusetts prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in credit, public and private employment, union practices, housing, and public accommodation.
In 1991, the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights launched a campaign on behalf of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in Massachusetts.
In May 2004, marriage equality was legalized as a result of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that it was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts constitution to allow only opposite-sex couples to marry.
MA waa the first state in the U.S. to legalize marriage equality.
MA was the 6th jurisdiction in the world to legalize marriage equality.