Judge who made same-sex marriages possible meets grateful people all the time

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 09: FormerChief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judical Court Margaret H. Marshall speaks at "Created Equal, Conversations on the American Social Contract: Striving Toward Justice for All" at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum on November 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

The judge who legalized equal marriage in Massachusetts in 2003, which was for the first time in the American history, says there has been no single week in her life since then when nobody thanked her for the decision she had made. Margaret Marshall, originally from South Africa, was the first woman and first immigrant to become chief justice of the Massachusetts supreme judicial court in its 328-year history. Regardless of the backlash from the conservative, mostly religious, groups, the first same-sex couple tied the knot in Massachusetts in a few months. Speaking at Duke University School of Law, the 75-year-old now-retired judge says that she always believe Massachusetts to be an amazing place, but too small for groundbreaking decisions to be made there, but time showed she was wring and she still does not fully realize that she played a key role in making such a decision. “Goodridge was in November 2003. There has not been one week, anywhere in the world, where someone hasn’t come up to me and said: ‘Thank you.,” she said in her speech at the Duke University School of Law.


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