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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, October 8, 2005

Mass. Court Hears gay challenge to 1913 Marriage Law

Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage, is now considering whether same-sex couples from other states can marry there. In a case argued Thursday that is being closely watched across the country, eight gay couples from surrounding states, all of whom were denied marriage licenses in Massachusetts, are challenging the law.  The 1913 law forbids nonresidents from marrying in Massachusetts if their union would not be recognized in their home state. If the Supreme Judicial Court strikes down the law, same-sex couples from across the country could wed in Massachusetts and then go to their home state and demand that the marriage be recognized. Source: Denise Lavoie, Associated Press, For the complete story, click here (last visited October 8, 2005, REO).

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