Massachusetts was the first state to recognize same-sex marriage on May 17, 2004. The legalization of same-sex marriage came about through a state Supreme Court Decision in a case called Goodridge v. Department of Public Health. This was one of the key events that eventually led to the full legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States in 2015. Prior to this decision, Massachusetts had instituted civil unions as a way to create a legal relationship between same-sex partners. Please see our article on same-sex marriage laws.

Please also consult our Ultimate Guide to Gay Marriage Laws.

Should I Consult an Attorney?

Same sex marriage is now legal in Massachusetts, but marriage is always a complex legal relationship. If you are involved in a same sex relationship, it may be wise to consult with a Massachusetts family law attorney in the process of contemplating marriage.