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Domestic Partnership and Marriage

Stop the Anti-Gay Anti-Family Bill flyer and sample letter (1998)
“…marriage for same-sex couples is both a constitutional right and good for society.”

In 1998, John Rogers, D-Norwood, introduced the Defense of Marriage Act (HB 472), which defined marriage as a “legal relationship between one man and one woman.” It also stated that any other kind of relationship should not be recognized as a marriage and should not “receive the benefits exclusive to marriage in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a matter of public policy.” If this bill had passed, it would have eliminated the domestic partnership benefits already won in areas throughout the state. The Freedom to Marry Coalition of Massachusetts organized a grassroots effort to testify against the bill and advocate in support of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples. From the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network records.

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