Monday, May 17, 2004

Congratulations 

Congratulations to everyone who is taking the big step today! After the Supreme Court on Friday without comment declined to issue the requested emergency injunction against the issuance of marriage licenses to gay couples, the last potential roadblock was gone. Couples lined up starting yesterday, and at 12:01 this morning the first applications were filled out at the early-opening Cambridge City Hall, in a scene that will be repeated throughout the state today as town and city halls across the commonwealth open their doors to couples who will likely still be trying to convince themselves they are not dreaming.

I watched the scene on tv for a while last night, and it was strange seeing the full-gear riot police mixed in with the celebratory crowd. Other than a handful of the ever present Phelps family protesters, the crowd estimated by Cambridge police at approximately 5,000 was comprised of applicants and supporters.

The remainder of town and city halls will be opening their doors momentarily, and those couples who are obtaining waivers for the 3-day waiting period will be saying their vows not long after that. First up at Boston City Hall are Hilary and Julie Goodridge, the lead plaintiffs in the historic case. Congratulations to all who are making the journey today, and to all who will be following suit in the months and years to come.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:12 AM