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Judge who made landmark same-sex marriage ruling says someone thanks her every single week

The judge who legalised equal marriage in Massachusetts in 2003, the first US state to do so, has said that she is thanked by strangers at least once a week. 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. In 2003 she wrote the 4 – 3 majority opinion in the Goodridge v. Deptartment of Public Health, which legalised same-sex marriage in the state. The landmark case was brought by GLBTQ Legal...
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Lesbian couple ‘heartbroken’ after Christian venue refuses to hold their wedding because of ‘personal beliefs’

A lesbian couple in South Africa are “heartbroken” after the Christian owners of a wedding venue refused to hold their ceremony because of “personal beliefs”. Sasha-Lee Heekes, 24, and Megan Watling, 25, had been together for more than seven years when they got engaged over Christmas. Soon after, they sent an email to the Beloftebos Wedding Venue in Stanford, Cape Town, enquiring about holding their wedding ceremony there. The couple said they were “heartbroken” and “disheartened” to receive a rejection back from Coia de Villiers, the owner of Beloftebos. “Based on...
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