On May 15, 2004, a cultural revolution seemed to be taking place. That day, under authority given by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, gay couples in the Bay State were first allowed to marry. Dozens rushed to city and town clerks to secure the licenses to allow them to wed. Images of same-sex couples dominated the news, making some joyful, others angry. Both opponents and proponents of gay marriage predicted the state's decision to allow gay marriage would trigger a sweeping change across the country. In nearly three years since, there has been change, but it has been gradual. The change can be seen in Congress where long-dormant gay rights legislation may be passed in the coming year. Led by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, a Democrat who represents part of the Attleboro area, a push has been revived to install a federal ban on workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender workers, a move that is necessary because it is now legal for employers in 33 states to fire someone for being gay.