Massachusetts has led the way for couples in other states to strike down the ban on same sex marriages. Conversely, it has also impacted whether to allow same-sex divorce.
Many other states have followed Massachusetts' lead, most notably, the state of Colorado. Gay couples have lobbied there to fight the ruling to wait until the matter was brought to the Supreme Court. Recently the state Supreme Court has mandated an end to the ban on same-sex marriages. In a bold move, the county clerk was ordered to stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples pending a ruling on the ban's constitutionality. In the meantime, gay couples have been campaigning vigorously to overturn the motion and have received support from some local district judges.