Repeal Would Let Out-of-State Gays Marry in Mass.

Mercury news
July 15, 2008
Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and Gov. Deval Patrick support a repeal of a 1913 Mass. law which prevents out-of-state gay couples from marrying; the law could come up to a vote as soon as July 15. [Link]

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A long way since 1913

The Boston Globe
July 15, 2008
"...Repealing the misbegotten 1913 law is the right move, even if it doesn't yield a dime. For the measure only underscores the parallel between interracial marriage and same-sex marriage. By repealing it, the Legislature will send a powerful message: Marriages that once seemed so threatening to so many people can become part of the social fabric over time." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: No need for antique marriage law

The MetroWest Daily News
July 14, 2008
"The law is no more justified now than in 1913. Former Gov. Mitt Romney's fear that Massachusetts will become 'the Las Vegas of same-sex marriage' is an insult to loving couples who wish to cement their commitment to each other." [Link]

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Census Bureau to Married Gay and Lesbian Couples: You Don’t Count

Firedoglake
July 13, 2008
Blogger Teddy Partridge discusses the U.S. Census Bureau's decision to leave out families of gay and lesbian couples in the census and what the experts are saying about this decision. (Link)

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Cooking the Family Numbers in the 2010 US Census

Leonard Link
July 13, 2008
The blog discusses the U.S. Census Bureau's decision to not count marriages of same-sex couples, the problems this will cause, and the simple argument that, "a marriage is a marriage, and should be counted as such." (Link)

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U.S. Census Bureau won’t count marriages by gay and lesbian couples

Mercury News
July 12, 2008
The U.S. Census Bureau, reacting to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and other mandates, plans to edit the 2010 census responses of same-sex couples who marry legally in California, Massachusetts or any other state. They will be reported as "unmarried partners," rather than married spouses, in census tabulations. (Link)

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Hopes to Repeal Old Law

The Boston Globe
July 10, 2008
Mass. lawmakers will vote on legislation that would repeal a 1913 law that bars non-resident gay couples from marrying in the state. The repeal requires a simple majority to pass. [Link]

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Governor’s Acceptance of Gay Daughter Sends Message of Tolerance

AlterNet
June 16, 2008
It is important that other prominent African-American politicians follow Governor Deval Patrick's lead and vocally support gay rights. [Link]

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With love and pride, Governor Deval Patrick’s daughter comes out publicly

Bay Windows
June 12, 2008
"Because, of course, he didn’t know that I was gay then," the 18-year-old recalls. "So, for someone so publicly to fight for something that doesn’t even affect him was just like, ’That’s my dad,’ you know?" she says with a laugh. "That’s all I could think. I was very, very proud to be part of this family, and this state in general." [Link]

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In Massachusetts, a ‘long journey’ changes judgment on marriage

The Mercury News
June 8, 2008
Mass. residents who once opposed marriage for gay couples explain their change of heart: "You go into the homes of gay couples and you feel the happiness...It was kind of incredible." [Link]

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