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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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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