Below are a series of articles covering the recent bill passed in Massachusetts to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. -MsQueer It’s Not Just California Anymore

July 31, 2008 – 12:01pm – Grace Moon (reprinted by permission)

Today at noon, the Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, signed a bill allowing out-of-state gay couples to marry there. This overturns a 1913 law that blocked marriages to couples whose home state did not recognize their unions. Democratic Gov. Patrick has an 18year-old gay daughter.

Both California and Massachusetts expect an economic stimulus from out-of-state gay couples getting married in their states. Massachusetts projects $111 million while California expects $692 million.

After the dismal 1.9% economic growth from the Bush Administration stimulus package, guess who has the potential to stimulate the economy? The times they are a changin’.

US state’s new law allows more same-sex marriage

The Associated Press

Published: July 31, 2008

BOSTON: Massachusetts on Thursday began allowing any gay couple to get married there as the governor signed a bill repealing a 1913 law that had blocked most weddings for out-of-state same-sex couples.

The old law barred couples from marrying in Massachusetts if their union would not be legal in their own states.

Gov. Deval Patrick said the repeal shows that “equal means equal” in Massachusetts, which in 2003 became the first U.S. state to rule gay couples had a right to marry. California recently legalized gay marriage, without a residency requirement.

“In five years now … the sky has not fallen, the earth has not opened to swallow us all up, and more to the point, thousands and thousands of good people — contributing members of our society — are able to make free decisions about their personal future, and we ought to seek to affirm that every chance we can,” Patrick said.

Supporters of repealing the measure said the old law had the taint of racism because it was passed 95 years ago as states tried to prevent interracial marriages. The exact reasons the Legislature approved it remain unclear.

Opponents said it prevented Massachusetts from interfering with the decisions of other states — the overwhelming majority of which specifically bar same-sex marriage.

Out-of-state gay couples can marry as soon as Thursday because lawmakers included a provision to make the repeal effective immediately.

“We’re being recognized as a married couple,” said Joy Spring, of Middletown, New York, who planned to marry her partner of seven years, Carla Barbano, in Provincetown on Friday.

“It’s extremely important. If something happened to one of us she’d always be taken care of,” said Spring, who joined Barbano in a civil union in 2006 in New York.

The couple is from one of the few states that will recognize their impending union: New York Gov. David Paterson said earlier this year that state law requires recognition of legal marriages performed elsewhere.

A state study estimates that more than 30,000 out-of-state gay couples — most of them from New York — will wed in Massachusetts over the next three years. That would boost the state’s economy by $111 million and create 330 jobs, the study estimated.

The California Supreme Court ruled this year that same-sex marriage is legal, and Rhode Island law is quiet on the subject. Other states specifically forbid it, though a few allow same-sex civil unions.

Opponents of same-sex marriage have said repealing the 1913 law would sow confusion and lawsuits in states that have chosen — by public vote in many cases — to bar the practice.

Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, has said lawmakers’ “arrogance and folly” in repealing the law “are doing terrible harm to marriage laws across the country.”

AP reporter Nancy Kelsey contributed to this report.


Out-Of-State Gay Couples Now Can Wed In Mass.

07.31.2008 1:00pm EDT

(Boston, Mass.) Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation Thursday allowing out-of-state same-sex couples to marry in the Bay State. 

“The law could draw thousands of couples to Massachusetts.” 

The bill, repealing a 1913 law that said marriage licenses could not be issued to couples whose weddings would not be recognized in their home states, cleared its final hurdle earlier this week in the legislature.

Patrick signed the legislation at a noon ceremony at the State House.

The old law was originally passed when interracial marriage was legal in Massachusetts, but not in most other parts of the country.

When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned state bans on interracial marriage, the Massachusetts law fell into disuse.

However, when the Massachusetts high court struck down the state ban on same-sex marriage in 2003, then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R) dusted off the old law, threatening to charge local clerks if they issued marriage licenses to out-of-state same-sex couples.

In a 2006 challenge to the out-of-state ban, the Supreme Judicial Court upheld the law, but noted that since Rhode Island did not have a specific law defining “couple” in its marriage law, gays and lesbians from that state could marry in Massachusetts. Rhode Island is believed to be the only state without a definition of what constitutes a couple.

The court also said that the Massachusetts legislature could repeal the 1913 law. For the past two years, LGBT rights groups and gay-friendly lawmakers worked to gather support for repeal.

Laws usually go into effect 90 days after they are signed, but the repeal bill contained a clause stating that it would go into effect as soon as the governor put his pen to it.

California, the only other state to allow same-sex marriage, has no out-of-state limitation, so gay and lesbian couples from across the country have been going there to wed.

With same-sex marriage opening up in Massachusetts it is expected a large number of couples from Eastern states will opt for Massachusetts.

An analysis by the state Office of Housing and Economic Development found repealing the law would draw thousands of couples to Massachusetts, boosting the economy by $111 million, creating 330 jobs and generating $5 million in taxes and fees over three years. 


The study assumes New York would provide the largest number of gay couples – more than 21,000 couples – with New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine bringing the total to more than 30,000 in the first three years after the ban was lifted.




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