Friday, August 01, 2008

MA: out-of-state same-sex couples can marry


Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick has signed into law the repeal of a 1913 statute that had banned marriages in Massachusetts that would not be legal in the states of residence of the couple. The AP story is by Glen Johnson and appears here.

The state believes that about 30000 same-sex couples will come, mainly from New York State, spend about $111 million and help create 300 jobs. In other words, economic self-interest seems to be starting to carry the banner for the gay marriage debate. Will the same happen for the referendum in California this November?

Apparently, according to an emergency preamble, the same-sex ceremonies can start now.

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