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November 18, 2008

Five Years After Goodridge, GLAD Announces “6x12”

Five years ago today, the world changed for the better when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in GLAD’s marriage equality case, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.  Six months later, same-sex couples started marrying, strengthening families, communities, and the Commonwealth itself.

And on October 10, 2008, GLAD won the right of same-sex couples in Connecticut to marry when the state’s highest court ruled in Kerrigan & Mock v. Department of Public Health.  Couples started marrying in that state last Wednesday, November 12.

Today on the fifth anniversary of the Goodridgedecision, GLAD announces the goal of “Six by Twelve”:  ensuring that same-sex couples in all six New England states will be able to marry in their home state by 2012.

“We can make New England a marriage equality zone by strategically combining existing legal, electoral, and on-the-ground know-how to fast-track marriage in every New England state,” said GLAD Executive Director Lee Swislow. “By 2012 we not only can have marriage equality throughout New England, we can have a road map for the rest of the country.”

GLAD will achieve this goal through litigation and by working with statewide equality groups and with MassEquality.  MassEquality defended the Goodridge decision with electoral, political, and lobbying work through three years of election cycles, constitutional conventions, and legislative sessions.

In addition to GLAD and MassEquality, collaborators in the 6 x 12 effort include Equality Maine, Marriage Equality Rhode Island, Vermont Freedom to Marry, and a variety of allies in New Hampshire.

Read GLAD’s press release
More information on the Goodridge case
More information on the Kerrigan case
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