Ten years ago this month, a revolution started in Massachusetts - the marriage equality revolution. On November 18, 2004, the state's Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a ground-breaking decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, making the Commonwealth the first place the United States that same-sex couples could marry.
On Wednesday, November 20, Mary L. Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the attorney who argued Goodridge before the SJC, will reflect on the intervening years, and the road ahead for LGBT equality, in a 6:30 pm lecture at Old South Meeting House entitled "The Goodridge Decision: 10 Years Out." The event is free and open to the public.
After Massachusetts opened the door, 13 states and the District of Columbia followed. In the past year, as well, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal recognition to legally married same-sex couples.
The largest building in colonial Boston, Old South Meeting House was the scene of some of the most dramatic and stirring meetings leading up to the American Revolution. Today, the treasured National Historic Landmark remains an active center for civic dialogue and free expression in the heart of downtown Boston. The museum is a fitting host for this event because it was at Old South Meeting House that the LGBT community celebrated the Goodridge victory with a rally on November 18, 2004.