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Mass. Legislature Repeals Discriminatory Law, Upholds Freedom to Marry for Out-Of-State Same-Sex Cou

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts just signed a law, effective immediately, which upholds marriage equality for same-sex couples from outside of Massachusetts to get married in MA. Both houses of the state legislature overwhelmingly voted in favor of the law which repealed a discriminatory law from 1913 that had blocked such marriages.

"The 1913 law is outdated and discriminatory; repealing it is the right thing to do," Patrick said in a statement Tuesday after the House passed the bill.

Couples traveling to Massachusetts should still be aware of their home state's marriage laws, which will determine whether or not their marriages are fully honored.

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BLOGGER: On the Psychology of Disgust

The Tin Man
July 31, 2008
The Tin Man discusses a piece by Prof. Richard E. Redding of Villanova University School of Law, about how "the psychology of disgust" plays a role in the opposition to marriage equality. Prof. Redding posits that that moral reasoning is "employed only to seek confirmation of preordained conclusions." [Link]

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Out-of-state gay couples apply for marriage licenses

The Boston Globe
August 1, 2008
Six or seven marriage license applications have been filed in Provincetown, and more are expected this afternoon, said Assistant Town Clerk Suzi Fults. [Link]

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OPINION: Preaching is costly work

Washington Blade
August 1, 2008
"I am from Utah, not California. I have no marriage prospects. To be honest, I don’t plan on getting married again. I don’t even have any close friends in California who are getting married. But what about my kids? And their kids? My nieces, nephews and extended family?" [Link]

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Married Mass. Couple Still Separated by Immigration Laws

New England Blade
July 31, 2008
In February, Tim Coco, of Haverhill, Mass. was preparing to file an “I-130 Petition for Alien Relative,” on behalf of his husband, Genesio “Junior” Juanario Oliveira, whom Coco had seen once in the six months since immigration officials had order Oliveira back to his native Brazil, and six months later, the couple are still waiting to be reunited. [Link]

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COMMENTARY: What Hangs in the Balance

The Bilerico Project
July 31, 2008
Kate Kendall writes, "If we lose California and Arkansas and Arizona and Florida, we will have lost our chance to truly turn the corner and a future free of the most toxic anti-LGBT bias. Donald Wildmon understands what is at stake--he knows his organization will not survive if we prevail. He knows it will be new day. What kind of world do you want to wake up to on November 5?" [Link]

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NY couple won’t get married in Mass.

WNYT
July 31, 2008
"We are one of the most progressive states in the union and we should set an example for the rest of the country. And we'll get there, so I'm waiting for us," said Lekakis. [Link]

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Belief in God, parenthood prompt gay partners to make commitment

EurekAlert!
July 30, 2008
Which gay and lesbian couples are more likely to legalize their relationship and hold a commitment ceremony? Those with children and strong religious beliefs, says a new University of Illinois study. [Link]

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Gov signs law allowing out-of-state gays to wed

Boston Globe
July 31, 2008
Governor Deval Patrick signed a law today that repealed a 95-year-old statute that had prevented gay and lesbian couples from most other states from marrying in Massachusetts.
The repeal took effect immediately, making Massachusetts the second state after California to allow same-sex couples to marry regardless of residence. [Link]

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GLAD Donors Raise $34K to Defend Calif. Marriage Equality

New England Blade
July 31, 2008
GLAD donor Scott Davenport put up a $15,000 challenge and urged other donors to step up to the plate. “It’s so important for us to defend marriage equality in California. When we protected the freedom to marry in Massachusetts, we did so with the help of folks from many other states – now it’s our turn to help in California,” he said. “And when we win there in November we will send an amazing message to states across New England and the rest of the country that it’s time for marriage equality for all.” [Link]

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