The Massachusetts Legislature, according to coverage by
The Boston Globe, "in a vote as swift as it was historic, reaffirmed the state's
first-in-the-nation same-sex marriage ruling yesterday, unequivocally protecting
the rights of gays and lesbians to wed in Massachusetts until at least
The vote followed 3 1/2 years of fierce arguments,
emotional testimonies, and controversial legal decisions. It came on a day
filled with cheering and jeering in the streets of Beacon Hill."
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Extensive coverage in the Globe is found in links associated with this news article. See, in particular, Personal stories changed minds and Mass may inspire advocates in other states to action.