LGBT rights

How Massachusetts saved the freedom to marry


Christopher Ott

Christopher Ott, communications director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, wrote this guest blog.

When it comes to marriage, supporters of LGBT rights have more to celebrate than ever in conjunction with this year’s Pride events.

Mayor Walsh should honor St. Patrick by marching with Veterans for Peace



Carol Rose

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this blog for Boston.com.

Newly-elected Mayor Marty Walsh should be commended for trying to open Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day parade to all of Boston's residents by brokering an invitation for gay-rights groups to march in the parade.

Supreme Court rules in favor of ACLU client Edie Windsor's challenge to "Defense of Marriage Act"

DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of equal liberty protected by the Fifth Amendment, Court rules

Supreme Court decision on ACLU's marriage equality case imminent

Edie Windsor, who shared her life with her late spouse for 44 years, filed a lawsuit against the federal government for refusing to recognize their marriage because of DOMA.

Marriage equality hasn't made the sky fall


Christopher Ott

Christopher Ott, communications director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this guest blog for Boston.com.

In the lead-up to the marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, I talked with friends recently about the arguments that opponents of equality used to make. Still shaking my head in disbelief, even after nearly a decade, I said:

"They basically argued that the sky was going to fall if gay people were just allowed to get married!"