About Follow Donate. Legal Backgrounder. As the California and Iowa rulings suggest, while the gay marriage controversy has many elements, including disagreements over religious and social norms, much of the debate is a legal one. Indeed, it was a Massachusetts high court decision legalizing same-sex marriage that elevated the issue onto the national stage, where it has remained ever since. Since , courts in a number of states have handed victories to both opponents and supporters of gay marriage.
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One of the original 13 colonies and one of the six New England states, Massachusetts officially called a commonwealth is known for being the landing place of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims. English explorer and colonist John Smith named the state for the Massachuset tribe. Boston, the state capital, was a hotbed of activity, including the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, during the American Revolution. In addition to its revolutionary spirit, the state is known for sparking the American Industrial Revolution with the growth of textile mills in Lowell, and for its large Irish-American population. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. Boston, the largest city in New England, is located on a hilly peninsula in Massachusetts Bay.
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT persons in Massachusetts have the same rights and responsibilities as cisgender heterosexuals. In , it became the first U. Massachusetts is regarded as one of the most advanced U.
William Floyd Weld born July 31, is an American attorney, businessman, author, and politician who served as the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from to He worked on a series of high-profile public corruption cases and later resigned in protest of an ethics scandal and associated investigations into Attorney General Edwin Meese. Weld was elected Governor of Massachusetts in