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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Massachusetts non-resident same-sex marriage update

MassachusettsEarlier on this blog, I reported that although the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, Massachusetts has not been able to share in the economic benefits of being a marriage destination because a law passed in 1913 prevents marriages which would not be legal in the partners' home states.  On July 15, 2008, the Massachusetts Senate voted to repeal this law.

On Tuesday (July 29, 2008), the Massachusetts House voted 118-35 to repeal the law.  Several procedural steps are needed before it will be sent to Governor Deval Patrick who has indicated that he will sign the bill.

See Pam Belluck, Same-Sex Marriage Barrier Nears End in Massachusetts, NY Times, July 30, 2008.


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