Bay State clears path to same-sex rites for out-of-state couples

Repeals 1913 law that stood in the way
Massachusetts lawmakers voted last month to repeal a 1913 law that had the effect of preventing out-of-state gay or lesbian couples from being married in the Bay State. Following the state Senate’s previous voice-vote action, the state House of Representatives approved the measure by a 118-to-35 vote on July 29.

Democratic governor Deval L. Patrick, whose daughter has come out as a lesbian, quickly signed the measure into law. Patrick and others have noted that the old law dated to a time when some U.S. states barred interracial marriage.

The 1913 law, which was dusted off by former governor Mitt Romney when the state’s highest court approved same-sex marriage in 2003, banned marriages in Massachusetts if those unions would be illegal in the couple’s home state.


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