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Court Considers 1913 Marriage Law

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A case that could influence the future of gay marriage in the United States is now in the hands of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. The justices yesterday heard oral arguments pertaining to a 1913 law that prohibits clerks from marrying people who live outside massachusetts if they cannot legally get married in their own state.

Eight couples from across New England and New York, as well as 13 city and town clerks are suing the state, arguing the statute is unconstitutional.

This program aired on October 7, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.

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