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2014 marks ten years of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, which was also the first state to pass that law. And marriage equality saw advancements on a national level last year when the Supreme Court guaranteed same-sex couples the same treatment under federal law. Their decision found the part of the Defense of Marriage Act referring to a marriage being only between a man and a woman unconstitutional. And that decision is now being used to challenge state bans on gay marriage.
So today we take a look at what’s happen since Massachusetts took that first step. We’ll also look more closely at the different reasons why people even get married. There’s the religious side. Couples take a vow to symbolize their love for each other as part of the faith community, and there’s the other extreme, when people don’t marry for love. Marriage is only a contract after all.
And then You Are Here looks at the times when it just doesn’t work out. Less people are getting married while divorce is still pretty high.
Throughout the show you’ll also catch moments when we talk to our guests about their own stories of love and marriage.
For the full experience, listen to You Are Here on WERS 88.9 FM in the greater Boston area or at wers,org, Sundays 7-8 AM.