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Meet the Goodridges
Hillary and Julie Goodridge, a lesbian couple, were the plaintiffs in the historic SJC gay-marriage decision.  Photo Gallery Meet the Goodridges
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Gay couples in Mass.:
The 2000 Census estimated there were about 19,000 gay couples in Mass., and about 659,000 nationwide, or less than 1 percent of households. Provincetown is the community in Mass. with the highest rate of gay partners, about 15 percent of households.
Mass. legislators
The typical Massachusetts legislator is a 50-year-old, white, male, Roman Catholic, Massachusetts-born, married Democrat with two children and a graduate degree (about half are law degrees) who ran unopposed in the last election, according to Boston Globe research and analysis.
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