Tears Of Joy At First Gay Marriage Licenses

Mon. May 17, 2004 12:00 AM by 365gay.com

Boston, Massachusetts - The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Monday became the first community in America to issue marriage license forms to same-sex couples.

Cambridge Mayor Michael Sullivan threw open the doors of city hall about 10 p.m. Sunday night and invited dozens of same-sex couples into the building for a celebration to countdown the minutes until midnight.

There was a three-tiered wedding cake, pastries, and to wash it down, sparkling cider and coffee.

The Cambridge Community Chorus, the Greater Boston Lesbian Chorus, and a choir made up of children from several Cambridge elementary schools performed.

Couples were given numbers as they entered the second floor reception room. At the stroke of midnight, the first number was called.

Marcia Hams, 56, and her partner, Susan Shepherd, 52, entered the history books as the first same-sex couple in America to legally wed. The couple arrived at city hall 24 hours earlier just to be able to claim the honor.

(Story Continued on 365gay.com)

Special 365gay.com Coverage: Gay Marriage Comes to America

This article originally appeared on 365gay.com. Republished with permission.