Former Newton Mayor David Cohen has taken (and earned) his knocks over the years but let’s never forget that the man sure understood the value of community, symbolism, history and was able to rise to the occasion.
One of my favorite David Cohen moments occurred ten years ago today when he invited the city inside his office as he presided over the marriage of Ellen Wade and Maureen Brodoff. Unfortunately the TAB’s extensive coverage of Newton’s historic first gay marriage is no longer online but the Globe has a page one story today about the couple.
The first day that same-sex marriage licenses were issued, they married at Newton City Hall. Ellen wore a robin’s-egg blue silk blouse and pants, Maureen wore black silk. The mayor hosted the ceremony in his office. A rabbi offered a blessing, and a justice of the peace officiated. The pair emerged from the building to the cheers of hundreds. A tiered white wedding cake perched on a table, and balloons fluttered in a rainbow formation tethered to the building columns.
“It was this miracle of a day,” Maureen said.
It was a miracle day. And although I never knew the couple and don’t believe we’ve met since, I’m grateful to Mayor Cohen for recognizing that this was a moment that deserved to be shared by all of us.