October 28, 2013
Nov. 18, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial (SJC) Court ruling in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) landmark Massachusetts marriage equality case.
The decision was the first of its kind in this country by a final appellate court and resulted in the first legal marriages between same-sex couples in a U.S. state.
As part of the anniversary celebration, GLAD has released a short video about the far-reaching impact of this historic decision. It debuted on Friday at our annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner, where we honored former SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, who authored the Goodridge decision.
The video features Chief Justice Marshall; Mary Bonauto, GLAD’s lead counsel in Goodridge, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand; Congressman Barney Frank; Bishop Gene Robinson; state Reps. Carl Sciortino and Byron Rushing; Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry; MA Attorney General Martha Coakley; Goodridge plaintiffs Rob Compton and David Wilson; Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.