Gay Marriage Licenses Issued in Massachusetts

On the evening of Sunday, May 16th, 2004, there was a party at City Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in celebration and anticipation of the first marriage license applications by gay couples. At the stroke of midnight, clerks began to take applications.

This is just a smattering of the pictures I took; more to come.

Here's me and Isaac with the lesbian couple to whom I gave a random bouquet. (I bought three bunches of roses to give to random couples.)

Gay couples walking up the stairs to the 2nd floor where the party was being held.

Here's me and Isaac with the third couple to whom I gave flowers. (Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of us with the second couple.)

View of the party. The guy in the crown is Paul, the president of our chorus. At the far right you can see me and Isaac chatting it up with a photographer from the Boston Herald newspaper.

Here's Isaac dressed for the occasion.

Watching the arriving couples from a balcony.

People watching the ceremony that was going on inside the City Council chambers. The ceremony was broadcast on TVs throughout City Hall.

The cake provided by the local Hyatt. They also provided free Starbucks coffee.

People cheering as the first ten couples head downstairs to the clerk's office just after midnight.

A TV in the hallway shows Marsha Hams and Susan Shepherd, Couple #1, talking with the city clerk as they fill out their application.

Marsha and Susan, the first couple to receive their license, are swamped by reporters as they emerge from the clerk's office. Marsha is in yellow, Susan has her back to the camera with their son's hand on her back.

The scene outside on the steps of City Hall, the crowd waiting to cheer each couple as they emerge.

A nearby church opens its doors to all, offering free coffee and cookies.

That's it for now, stay tuned for more!

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Pictures of the party outside City Hall taken by Jared.
More pix from outside taken by Regina.
Boston Globe article about the celebration