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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Gay Couple Claim Rhode Island Does not Ban Same-Sex Marriages

A Massachusetts Superior Court judge heard arguments Tuesday that a gay couple should be allowed to marry in that state because Rhode Island law does not explicitly ban same-sex marriage.  The couple were denied a marriage license in 2004, however, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in March that a 1913 state law bars they from marrying in Massachusetts if they live in states where their marriage is banned. A majority of the justices said the statute would not bar a marriage if Massachusetts Rhode Island does not ban them. Source. Brian MacQuarrie, Boston Globe, For the complete story, please click here (last visited June 28, 2006).

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