Boston: Letter from Mayor Wu Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts

~ Boston, Massachusetts - This month marks the 20th anniversary of a historic moment in American history. In May of 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to recognize and license same-sex marriages. This decision not only changed the course of history but also continues to shape the landscape of LGBTQ+ rights across the Commonwealth and the entire country.

As we celebrate this milestone, we honor and recognize the courage and resilience of those who fought for this victory. Countless LGBTQ+ elders, young people, couples, and allies refused to give up on their vision of a world where love is not a crime. Their tireless efforts, along with organizations like Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), have paved the way for marriage equality.

The first same-sex marriage licenses were issued in Massachusetts on May 17, 2004. Since then, countless couples have exchanged vows, built families, and shared their lives together in love. This historic moment would not have been possible without the unwavering dedication of plaintiff couples and the invaluable support of Massachusetts residents who lifted their voices in support of marriage equality.

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However, despite this progress, stigma and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community still exist today. In Massachusetts alone, one in three LGBTQ+ youth of color are unemployed and food insecure, while one in six do not have stable housing. And across the country, state legislatures have introduced over 500 bills targeting the LGBTQ+ community this year alone.

As we reflect on this significant date in civil rights history, Mayor Michelle Wu reaffirms Boston's commitment to making it a home for everyone. A place where all residents can live and love freely without fear or discrimination.

With love, gratitude, and determination for a more inclusive future for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity - Boston celebrates this milestone while recognizing that there is still work to be done towards achieving true equality for all.

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