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Today marks five years that same sex couples have been allowed to marry in the state of Massachusetts.  Over 10,000 couples have taken advantage of it.

There were riots predicted, along with all the usual bigoted language regarding straight marriage.  None of the predictions happened.

The Cambridge city hall opened at midnight to issue licenses.  The result was wonderful, with an impromptu block party thrown by the residents near city hall.  A local baker produced a cake.  There was literally dancing in the streets.

As most of you know, the universe hasn't ended.  Earlier this week there was a public celebration with several politicians standing around as the couple that were issued the first license cut a cake.

One of the more interesting points in the local press coverage: A claim that same sex couples contributed over 100 million to the states economy.

We have a personal connection, my cousin Karen finally got to marry her partner of many years, Nell.  Tomorrow we will ring bells to honor the event.

Originally posted to rjnerd on Sun May 17, 2009 at 03:40 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip jar (8+ / 0-)

    I am glad that we are no longer the only state.

    This planet needs a lot more kids who think taking a lawnmower apart is more fun than playing a videogame.

    by rjnerd on Sun May 17, 2009 at 03:42:28 PM PDT

  •  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Karen & Nell, & others! (0+ / 0-)

    a day all of us, gay or straight or both, can celebrate.

    This White House is way different. It's better! ~Rachel Maddow

    by catchaz on Sun May 17, 2009 at 04:05:03 PM PDT

    •  happy anniversary (0+ / 0-)

      to your cousin and Nell, and my friends AM and B, and everyone else who took advantage of newly bestowed legal rights that week.  i was there for the candlelight party at cambridge city hall, and then back at somerville city hall in the morning, passing out cake to the couples marrying there.  good times, but i look forward to the day it won't be exciting and new that everyone has equal rights, in marriage or otherwise!

      by decafdyke on Sun May 17, 2009 at 04:14:06 PM PDT

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    •  oops sorry catchaz (0+ / 0-)

      above comment misplaced :)

      by decafdyke on Sun May 17, 2009 at 04:14:36 PM PDT

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  •  My friend in Worcester says gay marriage (0+ / 0-)

    has been an absolute boon to the wedding industry--florists, bakers, dry cleaners, jewelers, the lot.  

    Happy anniversary, Massachusetts, and I too long for the day when gay marriage is recognized as strengthening the case for het marriage.  After all, the factors endangering het marriage are the growing acceptance of divorce and cohabitation, not the fact that some American citizens would like to be in loving, committed relationships.

    Gay-friendly reeducation for all the Mad Hetters!

    by Neferhuri on Sun May 17, 2009 at 06:17:26 PM PDT

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