Massachusetts opens marriage to out-of-staters

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill July 31 repealing a 1913
law that prohibited people from other states from getting married in
Massachusetts if the marriage wouldn't have been allowed where they

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed the bill in a 118-35
vote July 29 and the Senate passed it with no objections on a voice vote
July 15.

The 95-year-old law — which stopped interracial couples who couldn't
marry in their own states from marrying in Massachusetts — was
resurrected after Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2004.

"The 1913 law, a shameful vestige from another wrong-headed time of
denying marriage to interracial couples, became (former) Gov. Mitt
Romney's archaic tool in his unsuccessful bid to deny the freedom to
marry to same-sex couples," said National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Executive Director Rea Carey. "Not only does today's House vote
repudiate Romney's efforts to block our marriages in Massachusetts, it
also invites couples from around the United States to experience the joy
and happiness of celebrating their lives by becoming married in the Bay

MassEquality Executive Director Marc Solomon commented, "We've ridded
our state laws of the last vestige of discrimination against same-sex
couples, and we once again lead the way for equality for all people."

"Massachusetts is taking down the 'Do Not Enter' sign that applied only
to same-sex couples," said Lambda Legal. "This is thrilling news to the
same-sex couples we hear from in other states, especially New York, who
are seeking a place where they can marry under the law without leaving
the country or traveling to the other side of the continent."

New York recognizes same-sex marriages entered into in other

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