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WGBH Forum Network; Courting Equality: America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages

05/16/2007

Courting Equality: America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages Pat Gozemba, writer Karen Kahn, writer Marilyn Humphries, photographer On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court granted equal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision provoked a searing public debate over the meaning of marriage and family, civil rights, and the role of religion in law and society. But the experiment went forward nontheless: thousands of Massachusetts gays and lesbians married and, remarkably, the sky did not fall. Through engaging storytelling and powerful photographs, Courting Equality takes readers through the volatile public debate following the decision and introduces some of the many lesbian and gay families who have taken advantage of equal marriage laws. In Massachusetts, equal marriage has not destroyed the family but rather has reinforced the importance of love, commitment, fairness, and equality to the functioning of healthy democratic communities.


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WGBH Forum Network
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Courting Equality: America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages
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3521

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The WGBH Forum Network is an audio and video streaming Website dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures given by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders. These events are hosted by world-class cultural and educational organizations in the Greater Boston area. Through this online service thousands of interested people across the world partake of these lectures from the comfort of their home or office at any time they choose. We are proud of the role we serve in our community, of protecting and projecting the public voice; and of informing and inspiring that public voice to foster deeper understanding of and civic engagement in important issues.

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COURTING EQUALITY: AMERICA'S FIRST LEGAL SAME-SEX MARRIAGES PAT GOZEMBA, WRITER KAREN KAHN, WRITER MARILYN HUMPHRIES, PHOTOGRAPHER

ON NOVEMBER 18, 2003, THE MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT GRANTED EQUAL MARRIAGE BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX COUPLES. THE DECISION PROVOKED A SEARING PUBLIC DEBATE OVER THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY, CIVIL RIGHTS, AND THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN LAW AND SOCIETY. BUT THE EXPERIMENT WENT FORWARD NONTHELESS: THOUSANDS OF MASSACHUSETTS GAYS AND LESBIANS MARRIED AND, REMARKABLY, THE SKY DID NOT FALL. THROUGH ENGAGING STORYTELLING AND POWERFUL PHOTOGRAPHS, COURTING EQUALITY TAKES READERS THROUGH THE VOLATILE PUBLIC DEBATE FOLLOWING THE DECISION AND INTRODUCES SOME OF THE MANY LESBIAN AND GAY FAMILIES WHO HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF EQUAL MARRIAGE LAWS. IN MASSACHUSETTS, EQUAL MARRIAGE HAS NOT DESTROYED THE FAMILY BUT RATHER HAS REINFORCED THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE, COMMITMENT, FAIRNESS, AND EQUALITY TO THE FUNCTIONING OF HEALTHY DEMOCRATIC COMMUNITIES.

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Chicago: “WGBH Forum Network; Courting Equality: America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages,” 05/16/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2ABB6E552E9D4A1D9726B7475CC088DF.
MLA: “WGBH Forum Network; Courting Equality: America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages.” 05/16/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2ABB6E552E9D4A1D9726B7475CC088DF>.
APA: WGBH Forum Network; Courting Equality: America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2ABB6E552E9D4A1D9726B7475CC088DF
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