Celebration Tonight of Supreme Court Decision Declaring Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional


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The City's GLBT Commission, Mass Equality and other community partners are hosting a celebration TONIGHT Wednesday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m., in front of Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave. to celebrate this morning’s historic decision by the Supreme Court that ruled the Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional. Vice Mayor Denise Simmons is also expected to speak.

The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has issued rulings on two landmark cases: United States v. Windsor challenges Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which dictates that the federal government can't recognize legal same-sex marriages performed in the states with marriage equality, and Hollingsworth v. Perry — known as the Prop 8 case — which seeks to overturn the ballot initiative that limited marriage to between a man and a woman in California.  DOMA was ruled unconstitutional and Prop 8 was dismissed ...on legal standing.

This is a great day and we hope you can join us for this Celebration in front of Cambridge City Hall, where the marriage equality movement first began. On May 17, 2004, Marcia Kadish, 56, and Tanya McCloskey, 52, of Malden, Mass., were married at Cambridge City Hall in Massachusetts — becoming the first legally married same-sex partners in the United States. Cambridge City Hall opened its doors the evening before this historic occasion so they could begin handing out same-sex marriage applications after midnight, when they became legal. At the stroke of midnight, thousands of people broke into cheers as the City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk in Cambridge issued the first marriage license applications to gay and lesbian couples.

Tonight's event is hosted by the Cambridge GLBT Commission, MassEquality, ACLU of MA, GLAD, HRC, Family Equality Council, MGLPC, the Boston Pride Committee and many, many more. The celebration will continue afterwards at Club Cafe in Boston at 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Rachel Wisch, MassEquality Communications Director, Rachel@massequality.org or 857-264-0731.



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