On May 17th 2004, Massachusetts became the first US state to legalize gay marriage.
That quite remarkable Supreme Court ruling - Goodridge versus the Department of Health - formed the gateway through which the rest of the country could follow. It constituted a touchstone of liberty and freedom for gay Americans, and the first solid hammer against a great wall of inequality.
At the time of writing, fourteen states have followed the lead of the pioneering Bay State, along with five First Native tribes. That was achieved in less than a decade, and it's still on-going. Who knows how many US states will have embraced equality in another ten years hence? Maybe all.
The wedding band pictured above was designed to honor Massachusetts, and its historic role in forcing open those marital floodgates in the USA. It's forged from cobalt with black diamonds.
All of Proposition Love's wedding bands are hypo allergenic, as well as scratch and tarnish resistant.
Anyone who knows the history of gay rights around the world will grasp the significance of the triangles. They represent a tremendous journey of courage over adversity, transforming terrible persecution into an international kicking down of the closet doors.
The triangle's use as a symbol for homosexuals started in tragic circumstances under the Nazi regime in Europe. The Third Reich rounded up all gay men and women for transportation into concentration camps. They were required to wear pink triangles sown onto their garments. Many did not survive until liberation.
While the Nazis may have intended the pink triangle to be a badge of shame, the next generation of gay activists made it a badge of freedom. It's carried those men and women who wore it from death camps to a marriage altar within sixty years.
No wonder it symbolizes Pride. We really have come a long way.