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The Plaintiffs: Gill v. O.P.M.

Nancy Gill & Marcelle Letourneau
Nancy Gill & Marcelle Letourneau

Nancy and Marcelle grew up in the same Brockton neighborhood, within two blocks of each other. They were best friends before they fell in love, and say that friendship is still at the core of their marriage.

Now living in Bridgewater, they have...

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Melba Abreu & Beatrice Hernandez
Melba Abreu & Beatrice Hernandez

Beatrice’s parents left Cuba for the United States before she was born, leaving behind everything to ensure a future of freedom and opportunity for their children. Melba left Cuba in 1979, in search of freedom and prosperity for herself and her...

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Herbert Burtis
Herbert Burtis

Herbert Burtis and John Ferris met in college, in 1948. Herb was 18, John was 22. They legally married in Massachusetts in 2004, after what they called their “55-year engagement.” When John died in August 2008, they had been together for 60 years.
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Dorene & Mary Bowe-Shulman
Dorene & Mary Bowe-Shulman

Having cancer twice in her early twenties changed Dorene’s outlook on what was really important in life. When she met Mary at a book group in 1996, she realized she had found someone who shared her perspective. They bonded over Irish tea and their...

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Mary Ritchie & Kathy Bush
Mary Ritchie & Kathy Bush

Like many moms, Mary and Kathy spend their evenings cooking dinner and checking homework for their two boys while navigating a maze of musical instruments, Legos and basketballs…and soccer balls and baseballs. By day Mary and Kathy are both engaged...

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Martin (Al) Koski & Jim Fitzgerald
Martin (Al) Koski & Jim Fitzgerald

Al Koski and Jim Fitzgerald met in Boston in 1975. For more than 37 years, they have seen each other through thick and thin—through career changes, long-distance moves, health complications, and caring for and losing parents.

A native of Brockton,...

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Dean Hara
Dean Hara

Dean met U.S. Representative Gerry E. Studds, the first openly gay member of Congress, through mutual friends in the early 1980s. They crossed paths in their Washington, DC neighborhood over the next 10 years, and began dating in January 1991. Less...

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Bette Jo Green & Jo Ann Whitehead
Bette Jo Green & Jo Ann Whitehead

Bette Jo and Jo Ann became friends as college students in 1960. They parted ways after graduation, but nearly 20 years later they both found themselves living in Massachusetts. They reconnected, and fell in love.

They have been committed to each...

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Randell Lewis-Kendell
Randell Lewis-Kendell

Randy was 51 when he lost the love of his life, his husband Rob, after his long fight with colon cancer. When Rob died in 2007, he and Randy had been together for 30 years. Randy had spent more of his life with Rob than without him. Rob’s...

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Marlin Nabors & Jonathan Knight
Marlin Nabors & Jonathan Knight

Jonathan and Marlin first met at a coffee shop in Indianapolis in 2004. From the beginning, they balanced each other out. Marlin is from Flint, Michigan, and worked at a college in the city; Jonathan is from rural Indiana and worked at an organic...

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Keith & Al Toney
Keith & Al Toney

Note: Keith and Al Toney are no longer active plaintiffs in this lawsuit, as their claim has been resolved. On May 27, 2009, the State Department modified its policy for name-changes on passports to include individuals who have changed their name...

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