After 1st gay marriages, `joy spread’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The lead lawyer in the landmark court case behind the first same-sex marriages in Massachusetts and the nation says none of the dire predictions about the effects of gay marriage on the wider society have come true.

Mary Bonauto said at a 10th anniversary celebration Friday at Cambridge City Hall that after Massachusetts began marrying same-sex couples, “the joy spread.”

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia today have legalized same-sex marriage. Judges in seven other states have struck down bans, though officials are appealing. Opponents, however, are quick to note that most states still don’t allow gay marriage.

The celebration in Massachusetts gave couples who tied the knot during 2004’s first flood of marriages a chance to renew their vows. They were joined by elected officials and well-wishers.

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