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Gay Couples From RI Allowed to Marry in Massachusetts

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A Massachusetts judge has given the green light to same-sex couples from Rhode Island wanting to get married in Massachusetts.

The case tested the application of a Massachusetts law passed in 1913 that prohibits couples from marrying in Massachusetts if the marriage isn't allowed in their home state.

Wendy Becker and Mary Norton of Providence, argued that Rhode Island's statutes don't explicitly prohibit same sex-marriage and that they should therefore be allowed to marry in Massachusetts. Superior Court Judge Thomas Connelly agreed. Attorney General Tom Reilly says he will not appeal today's ruling.

This program aired on September 29, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.


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