Celebrating Freedom of the Heart

I want to take a couple of moments before we go on with the service and share with you some current thoughts of mine, after so many years of so many thoughts on the subject of marriage which received a lot of press in most parts of the country this last week. As most of you know, this ruling on DOMA affects Michael and me at a very deep and personal level.

As date Nears for Gay Marriages, Planners of Weddings on Island See Modest Impact

As Date Nears for Gay Marriages, Planners of Weddings on Island See Modest Impact

By MANDY LOCKE

Less than five weeks before Massachusetts town clerks start handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Island's well-oiled wedding machine is capturing little interest from gay couples planning to tie the knot.

State's Gay Marriage Day Arrives, and Vineyard Couples Celebrate

State's Gay Marriage Day Arrives, and Vineyard Couples Celebrate

By MANDY LOCKE

For most couples headed down the wedding aisle, this is one of those nagging details - an errand that claims more time and attention than a couple wants to spare.

But for Sue Dawson and Alison Shaw, it was a task to savor.

Filling out the three-page notice of intention to marry at the Oak Bluffs town clerk's office early Monday morning, this couple knew they were part of history in the making.

Gay Community Hails California Ruling

Four years ago this summer, Paul Gamson was married on the Vineyard to his partner of almost five years, Richard Knight. But as residents of Chilmark and Oakland, Calif., their marital status shifted as they moved between homes — until last Thursday.

“Not married? Married? At least I know what box to check in California and Massachusetts,” Mr. Gamson said following a 4-3 ruling from the Republican-majority California Supreme Court which struck down the statewide ban on same-sex marriage.