David Wilson was a plaintiff in the 2004 court decision that legalized same sex marriage in Massachusetts.

Wilson’s journey to that landmark case started 10 years earlier — when he lost his first partner, Ron Loso, to a heart attack. The EMT’s who arrived on the scene were suspicious of David and called the police. Later, when he got to the hospital, officials would not release any information about his partner.

That injustice led to Wilson becoming a plaintiff in the 2004 court decision.

The first weddings, which included David’s own, began taking place on May 17, 2004, after same sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts.

Originally aired October 15, 2010, on NPR’s Morning Edition.