In the midst of all the awful stuff happening lately, I think it's worth pausing to celebrate one bit of impending good news:
On Monday, two days from now, same-sex couples will be able to marry legally in Massachusetts.
Unfortunately, there are some residency issues (NYT link; free registration required); the governor's going to enforce a 1913 law that prevents non-residents (who have no intention to move to MA) from getting married if their marriages wouldn't count in their home states. Remains to be seen what'll come of that, or of certain communities (such as Provincetown) refusing to go along with that restriction.
Still. Even if it's limited, even if some of the legal ramifications remain unclear, even if the state constitutional amendment passes in a couple years and invalidates all this—it's still a victory. It's glorious. I send my best wishes to all the couples in MA who can't legally marry today but who can on Monday; congratulations!
I'm looking forward to seeing a whole bunch of wedding photos online on Monday. If you come across any (or, for that matter, if you take any yourself!) and you feel like sharing, post links in comments to this entry.