Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Breaking: 95-Year-Old Ban on Out-of-State Marriage Voted Down by MA Senate

Boston's LGBT newspaper Bay Windows is reporting that Massachusetts State Senators have voted to end the state's 95-year-old ban on marrying most out-of-state couples.

In a voice vote the Massachusetts state Senate passed a bill to repeal an antiquated state law that has blocked most same-sex couples from out of state from marrying in Massachusetts.

There was brief debate about the bill to repeal the statute, known as the 1913 law, after the year in which it was passed.

The 1913 law prohibits out-of-state couples from marrying in Massachusetts if their marriage would be considered void in their home state. The origins of the bill are in question, but advocates and legal scholars have argued that it was passed at least in part to prevent interracial couples from marrying in Massachusetts to skirt their home state’s anti-miscegenation laws.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, whose daughter recently came out in a Bay Windows profile, has said he will sign the measure when it reaches his desk.

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