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Friday, May 17, 2013

Massachusetts became first state to legalize same-sex marriage
Arjun Mishra at 12:00 AM ET

On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that the state's constitution prohibited a ban on same-sex marriage passed in November 2003. Attempts to reverse the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state through ballot initiatives, amendments and legislation were unsuccessful, despite support from Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Seal of Massachusetts

Read an overview of Same-Sex Marriage in Features.

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