Gay marriage state: Massachusetts town holds annual Freedom To Marry celebration

Belmont MassachusettsThe residents of Belmont, Massachusetts, will enjoy free ice cream and music today in the state’s only continuously held celebration of gay marriage.

Locals will come together on the town green for the annual Freedom To Marry Ice Cream Social. This year’s event marks the 9th anniversary of the day Massachusetts became the first US state in the country – and only the sixth jurisdiction in the world – to recognise gay marriage.

Organiser Donna Ruvolo told the Belmont Patch:

“On May 17, 2004, late night celebrations were being held all over the Commonwealth [of Massachusetts]. We wanted to do something different. By holding a daytime event, we were able to come together with the countless individuals and families in Belmont – gay and straight – that recognized and supported marriage equality. It was, and still is, a true community celebration.”

She added:

“The Ice Cream Social is one of the few events in town where you see high-schoolers, senior citizens, young families and empty-nesters coming together.”

Photo of Belmont by John Phelan via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence

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