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July 31, 2008

Same Sex Marriage in Massachusetts

The Mass. Governor signed into law a repeal of the 1913 law barring same sex couples from marrying in Mass. if the marriage would violate their home state's laws.  See Boston Herald Article here.

Now, couples can travel to Mass. to get married, even if their home state has a mini-DOMA.  Here's the rub:  the marriage will not be recognized in their home state due to the mini-DOMA, thus, the effect of the ceremony will remain largely ceremonious.  Of course, this is not the case in New York, where the courts will recognize out-of-state same sex marriages due to the Martinez decision.

July 31, 2008 in Family Law | Permalink

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