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High court ruling lauded in MA, nation's first gay marriage state

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BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage more than a decade ago, is reacting with exuberance to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide.

Attorney General Maura Healey, the nation's first openly gay attorney general, calls the decision a "huge victory for the equality and dignity of all Americans." Healey led the filing with the court of a brief in support of gay marriage on behalf of 16 states and the District of Columbia.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said the issue of marriage equality is personal for him. He has a brother who is gay and married.

Arline Isaacson of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus called Friday's ruling a cultural as well as a legal victory.

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