Top state leaders applaud same sex marriage decision

More than 20,000 same sex couples have married in Mass.

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts was the first state in the country to legalize same sex marriage. Top state leaders – all praising today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision.

It is a victory for gay marriage advocates. Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court makes it legal for same sex couples to marry in all fifty states. The Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders called it, “a blockbuster decision, a blockbuster legal and cultural moment that recognizes the equality of loving, same-sex couples.”

The country’s first openly gay Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts called the ruling a turning point for both couples and families. She said, “it was a moving moment. So many people have fought so long and so hard to see this happen.”

Massachusetts paved the way for marriage equality more than ten years ago, when the state’s highest court ruled that same sex couples have the right to marry here. It is a fight that the state’s first openly gay Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) remembers vividly.

“We live in a place that we can think outside the box. We can see injustice and we can work to correct it. So, this is something we should be very proud of,” said Rosenberg.

More than 20,000 same sex couples have married in Massachusetts. Now, couples nationwide will have that same privilege as well.

The long-fought battle does not end here. Both Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Attorney General Maura Healey believe more can be done to protect the rights of transgender individuals.

Click here to read the opinion of the court in the case Obergefell v. Hodges.

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