New York Gay Couples Head to Massachusetts With Marriage in Mind

New York Times
August 2, 2008
In an article discussing whether couples will travel from NY to MA to marry, Evan Wolfson said "that many people he talked to wanted to be able to marry at home, 'and I count myself among them. I don’t think New Yorkers should have to go to Niagara Falls, Canada, to have what we should have in Niagara Falls, New York.'” (Link)

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Patrick makes a difference for equality

Boston Globe
August 3, 2008
Columnist Joan Vennochi compares former MA Gov. Mitt Romney's support of the 1913 discrimnatory law with current MA Gov. Deval Patrick's support for equality and fairness, noting Patrick was simply, "standing up for simple human liberty." (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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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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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Governor Deval Patrick signed a law today that repealed a 95-year-old statute that had prevented gay and lesbian couples from most other states from marrying in Massachusetts.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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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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