House passes 1913 law repeal in roll call vote

Bay Windows
July 29, 2008
The bill to repeal the 1913 law is on its way to Governor Deval Patrick, who will sign it into law. The bill cleared a final hurdle this afternoon, when the House of Representatives passed the bill on a roll call vote after about 25 minutes of debate. The vote was 118-35, with five members not voting. [Link]

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MA Sen. Wilkerson on the Repeal of the 1913 Laws

Pam's House Blend
July 28, 2008
During the debate, senate minority leader Richard Tisei (R- Wakefield) stood up to express his support for the repeal. He then asked Senator Dianne Wilkerson (D-Boston) to provide a history of the 1913 law. Watch the video of the debate here. [Link]

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MA House Debates 1913 Law Tuesday

PolitickerMA.com
July 24, 2008
According to a House leadership source with knowledge of the legislative schedule, debate over the law is expected to occur when the House returns to full session Tuesday. [Link]

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OPINION: Married In Mass.

The Hartford Courant
July 24, 2008
"It would be heartening to know that the Massachusetts decision was based solely on the desire to rid the state of a shameful law, and to support giving all committed couples the same rights, regardless of gender. But part of the motivation was economic... If economic incentives are what it takes to get states to do the right thing, bring them on. " [Link]

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Out-of-state marriage law faces obstacles to repeal in House

The Belmont Citizen-Herald
July 21, 2008
Spellane said lawmakers' constituents already know where their elected officials stand on marriage. "I don’t believe, for the most part, that constituents vote on one particular issue," he said. "There’s no better timing to do this than right now...We need to repeal this thing." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Mass. a leader in equality

The Sun Chronicle
July 20, 2008
Congratulations to the Massachusetts Legislature for taking discrimination off the books and further cementing the state's reputation as a champion of equality. [Link]

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Repeal could motivate action

Associated Press
July 17, 2008
For marriage equality supporters, "it's certainly a step in the right direction. It does show how society is evolving," said Rick Trombley, a gay activist and former Democratic state senator in New Hampshire. [Link]

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Op-Ed: MA’s Las Vegas Envy

New York Times
July 17, 2008
What changed? Well, with the economy the way it is, becoming the Las Vegas of anything whatsoever began to sound like a good deal. California has been raking in money from weddings of out-of-state gay couples since a court made same-sex marriage legal there. [Link]

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A 1913 Law Dies to Better Serve Marriage Equality

New York Times
July 16, 2008
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts State Senate voted to repeal a 1913 law that prevents Massachusetts from marrying out-of-state couples if their marriages would not be legal in their home states. (Link)

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Mass. Senate Votes To Let Out-Of-State Gays Marry

The Boston Channel
July 15, 2008
The Massachusetts Senate has voted to repeal a 1913 law used to bar out-of-state gay couples from marrying here. The House is expected to vote this week. [Link]

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