The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) issued the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which gives same-sex couples the freedom to marry in all 50 states.
“This is a momentous day for the country,” said Craig Coogan, executive director of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. “The freedom to marry the person you love is precious, and having that relationship affirmed by our society and our government is essential. We are grateful for the courageous plaintiffs from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee who brought this case to the Supreme Court, and we’re thrilled that loving same-sex couples across the country can now join in marriage no matter where they live. With this ruling, our country has taken a giant step toward realizing its promise of equality for all.
“The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus was proud to be a part of the freedom to marry movement in Massachusetts, the birthplace of same-sex marriage in the U.S. In song, we shared the stories of our lives and our loves with state lawmakers and on stages across the Commonwealth, and had the honor of singing at one of the first same-sex weddings in the country. We are profoundly thankful for the hard work of so many members of the LGBT community and our dedicated allies that made today’s decision possible.”
About the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus creates musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate difference. The BGMC is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Founded in 1982, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III, the BGMC sings a wide spectrum of classical and popular music and creates social change by providing a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. The Chorus is heard live by more than 10,000 people each season and thousands more through recording, television and internet broadcasts. In November, 2013, CBS-WBZ named The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus one of the “top five” choruses in the city of Boston.