MA Lets Out-of-State Gays Wed

Same sex couples from out-of-state can now come to Massachusetts to wed.

At noon today, Governor Deval Patrick signed a repeal of the 1913 law that barred couples from marrying in the Bay State if that union was not recognized by their home states.

At the signing ceremony, the Governor said, "Today by repealing a nearly century-old law, we affirm the right of same sex couples from out of state to marry in Massachusetts, to enjoy, all of the protections of our good laws."

The repeal includes a preamble that waives the usual 90-day waiting period before new legislation can take effect. That means as of now, same sex couples can marry in Massachusetts.

Joining WBUR's Delores Handy to talk about the legal ramifications of today's change is David Frank, from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

This program aired on July 31, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.


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