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Monday, May 17, 2004

Same-sex couples begin marrying in Massachusetts (w/ video)


Tears Of Joy At First Gay Marriage Licenses 
by Michael J. Meade Newscenter
Updated: May 17, 2004 9:25 am ET

(Boston, Massachusetts) The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Monday became the first community in America to issue marriage license forms to same-sex couples.

Cambridge Mayor Michael Sullivan threw open the doors of city hall about 10 p.m. Sunday night and invited dozens of same-sex couples into the building for a celebration to countdown the minutes until midnight.

There was a three-tiered wedding cake, pastries, and to wash it down, sparkling cider and coffee.

The Cambridge Community Chorus, the Greater Boston Lesbian Chorus, and a choir made up of children from several Cambridge elementary schools performed.


Conservatives Angrily Attack Mass. Gay Marriages
by Doreen Brandt Newscenter

(Washington) Conservative political action groups wasted no time condemning same-sex couples marrying today in Massachusetts.  

The Christian Coalition demanded that Congress set in and immediately pass legislation to begin the process of amending the Constitution to ban gay marriage.

Calling the decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that paved the way for marriage licenses to be issued to gay couples the Coalition "judicial tyranny running rampant in America" the group said that Congress must act before American families are destroyed.

"Four left-wing judges presumed to know what the definition of marriage is for 280 million Americans," Roberta Combs, president of Christian Coalition said in a statement.


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