On May 17th 2004, thousands of people were finally allowed full citizenship in the state of Massachusetts. The amazing efforts by GLAD, willing persistence of seven plaintiff couples, and thousands of supporters came to fruition that day.
Thousands of gay and lesbian couples got married.
I was legally married on November 13th, 2004.
It was a great party.
I want to thank GLAD, Mary Bonauto, Hillary and Julie Goodridge, David Wilson and Robert Compton, Gloria Bailey and Linda Davies, Gary Chalmers and Rich Linnell, Heidi and Gina Nortonsmith, Maureen Brodoff and Ellen Wade, and Mike Horgan and Ed Balmelli for being more courageous and dedicated than I was at the time.
I never believed it could happen in my lifetime.
They did. Not only did they believe, they demanded it happen.