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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, July 18, 2008

Massachusetts wants to share in same-sex marriage business

MassachusettsEarlier on this blog, I discussed how 12,000 New York same-sex couples are anticipated to head to California to marry because California does not limit such marriages to California citizens.

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.  It is expected that the House will pass the bill next week and Governor Deval Patrick whose daughter is a lesbian has indicated that he would sign the repeal.

The following is from Pam Belluck & Katie Zezima, A 1913 Law Dies to Better Serve Gay Marriages, NY Times, July 16, 2008:

State officials said they expected a multimillion-dollar benefit in weddings and tourism, especially from people who live in New York. A just-released study commissioned by the State of Massachusetts concludes that in the next three years about 32,200 couples would travel here to get married, creating 330 permanent jobs and adding $111 million to the economy, not including spending by wedding guests and tourist activities the weddings might generate.


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