Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Long Way Since 1913

As we reported yesterday, Massachusetts is one step close to joining California in not only allowing marriage equality for GLBT people, but also allowing those from other states to get married as well.

The Massachusetts state Senate voted unanimously yesterday to repeal a law that bans gay couples from other states from getting married in that state. Now the bill will go before the state's House of Representatives and then on to the Governor's desk. Gov. Deval Patrick has vowed he will sign the bill when it reaches him.

Today in The Boston Globe, the editorial staff lauds the vote for helping do away with a discriminatory and outdated law. We've come a long way since that law was written in 1913 to keep out-of-state interracial couples from marrying, and we've come a long way from when former Gov. Mitt Romney (only a few years ago) used the law to keep out-of-state gay couples from marrying almost a century after the law was written.

"...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."

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