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In the past two years, public support for marriage equality passed the 50 percent mark for the first time, and today, it is even higher—69 percent—among people under An unmistakable shift in the political climate has encouraged lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to join CEOs and professional athletes in affirming that gay people should be treated equally in all walks of life. Perhaps they remember the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights of , when around , people from around the country gathered in the capitol to demand an end to discrimination. Conspicuously absent in that story is Boston, a city more likely to be associated with its Puritanical past than with gay activism. The cause of gay liberation was taken up during those years with energy and seriousness by Boston-area college students, intellectuals, journalists, politicians, psychiatrists, and lawyers. Gay men worked side by side with lesbians—uncommon at the time—and radical gay liberationists found common cause with moderates who believed in working for political reform.

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