Margaret Marshall was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, the state's highest court, when she wrote the 2003 landmark decision to allow same-sex marriages in Massachusetts. 

Her ruling was the first of its kind and sparked action and advocacy for gay marriage and civil rights across the country. As momentum around gay marriage grew, it was only a matter of time before the issue landed before the Supreme Court of the United States. 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that gay marriage would be recognized by the federal government in states where it was legal. Marshall joined Greater Boston to talk about Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage.

Read the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage in "plain English" here.