Natalie Gruppuso’s ‘Love and Equality’ at Yellow Peril (The Providence Phoenix, 06/26/12)

VALIDATED Mack and Joe pose for Gruppuso

When the Massachusetts Supreme Court approved gay marriage, I covered one of the first gay weddings there as a reporter in 2004.

What sticks in my mind is not the fairy tale two-groom wedding itself, but going to probate court with the couple beforehand to get the regular marriage license waiting period waived so they could wed that very day. Probate court is mainly wills and divorce — lots of divorce. The clerks in this usually gloomy court were giddy for once to be part of this joyous, historic, and still controversial occasion. It felt like the climactic lead-up to a happily ever after.

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