JWG (jwg) wrote,

May 17 - an important anniversary

Today was the first anniversary of legal same-sex marriage in the US. There was a celebration at Cambridge City Hall where licenses were issued at 12:01am May 17. There were refreshments including a cake cut by Couple number 1 - Susan Shepherd & Marcia Hams - the first couple to apply for a license to legally marry in the United States (and Cambridge). I recently read that ~615 if the ~6,000 same-sex marriages in Massachusetts were in Cambridge. Cambridge population is about 1.5% of MA.

What I remember most about that the night of May 16 was the huge crowd (we were in it) in front of City Hall that filled the whole street. It was a blast of happiness and was quite incredible.

On the way home from today's celebration we chatted with a nice women (who was opposite-sex married) and her child; she was gushing about how wonderful it was and the reality of this situation that makes so much sense. She said "have you every heard an opponent give a good reason?"

And next Wednesday, I go to the first meeting of the Cambridge GLBT commission to which I was appointed by the City Manager and am interim co-chair.

Ours was on August 4th: see rsc's post.

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