SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s now the law of the land. Same-sex couples can officially and legally marry in all 50 states. The United States Supreme Court ruled Friday that no state may prohibit same-sex couples from getting married.
It is a historic ruling that was celebrated across the country and here in Massachusetts. 22News spoke with members of the western Massachusetts LGBT community about the ruling.
“I think it’s great. It shows everyone being one,” said Dean J Colbain of Springfield. ” It should have been done a long time ago.”
President Obama called it a “Victory for America” and in honor of the ruling, shined a rainbow on the white house. Until Friday, 13 states had still banned same-sex marriage.
However, Massachusetts pioneered the movement for marriage equality. The Bay State was actually one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage 11 years ago.
Still, a western Massachusetts gay couple told us until this Friday, they never quite felt 100% comfortable.
“It’s one of the things that we’ve been waiting for, and now that we see that there’s a firm hold, we can move forward feeling comfortable. There’s no need to hide who we are anymore,” said Dennis Lamar.
In response to those protesting the supreme courts decision, Holyoke resident James Kennedy said, “There’s always going to be something there. You just have to move forward, accept the punches, and get stronger.”
To date, More than twenty-thousand same-sex couples have married in Massachusetts.