Marriage Equality USA

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Current Status

  • 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.

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