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Celebrating Love:
The 20th Anniversary of Marriage Equality



At the stroke of midnight on May 17, 2004, history was made as Cambridge City Hall opened its doors to become the very first municipality in the United States to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples. The air was thick with anticipation, and jubilant celebration filled the front lawn of City Hall as couples gathered to embark upon a momentous journey together.

Step back in time and relive the magic of that historic night through the lens of photographer Marilyn Humphries. Capturing the essence of love, hope, and equality, Humphries’ lens immortalized the raw emotions and joyous celebrations as scores of couples took the courageous step towards legal recognition and acceptance.


Mayor E. Denise Simmons and the Cambridge Museum of History and Culture extend their gratitude to the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, Boston Properties, Cambridge Arts, Google, the History Project, and MIT for their generous support in bringing this exhibition to life.

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