"Inside each and every one of us who was inside that church at that moment, there was a healing," said Friedes, whose organization was founded 11 years ago with the goal of legalizing same-sex marriage.

'A little bit in shock'

"We asked for equality. We won equality," Friedes said. "I think everybody's a little bit in shock today."

In Worcester, David Rushford vowed to ignore the mandate by Romney, a Republican, that city clerks enforce a little-known 1913 law barring couples from obtaining marriage licenses if their unions would not be recognized in their home states.

Rushford said that in his 25 years as city clerk, no one had paid any attention to the law, drafted at a time when Massachusetts was one of a handful of states that permitted relationships between people of different races.

"For a quarter of a century, I have been giving out marriage licenses without challenging people," Rushford said. "That process was not going to be changed today because we are expanding marriage to same-sex couples."

Law in Maryland



Maryland law recognizes only the union of a man and a woman as a marriage.

During this year's legislative session, the office of Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. assured legislators that same-sex marriages performed in other states would not be recognized under Maryland law.

Sun staff writer David Nitkin contributed to this article. The Los Angeles Times is a Tribune Publishing newspaper.