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State sees economics of gay marriage

Eric Moskowitz
Boston Globe
Jul 15, 2008
Morality, personal liberty, and constitutional law have been the usual battlegrounds in the fight over gay marriage. Now Governor Deval Patrick's administration is injecting something a bit more pedestrian to the debate: economic development.



Morality, personal liberty, and constitutional law have been the usual battlegrounds in the fight over gay marriage. Now Governor Deval Patrick's administration is injecting something a bit more pedestrian to the debate: economic development.

A study conducted for the state's Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development predicts that an economic boomlet in hotel bookings, banquets, and wedding cakes would result from repealing a 1913 state law that prevents gay and lesbian couples from most other states from marrying in Massachusetts.

Repeal would let out-of-state gays marry in Mass.

Steve LeBlanc
Associated Press
Jul 14, 2008
When Massachusetts became the first state to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in 2004, it left one big roadblock in place: Out-of-state couples need not apply.



BOSTON (AP) -- When Massachusetts became the first state to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in 2004, it left one big roadblock in place: Out-of-state couples need not apply.

Now an effort is gaining momentum to repeal a 1913 state law that has prevented out-of-state gay couples from getting married. The law says couples cannot be married in Massachusetts if their unions would be illegal in their home states.

Mass. Legislature to Take Up 1913 Law Tomorrow

William Henderson
New England Blade
Jul 14, 2008
The Mass. Legislature is expected to discuss next week a bill to repeal the 1913 law that keeps out-of-state same-sex couples from getting married in Massachusetts, with several legislators going on the record with the New England Blade on Wednesday as "confident" that the bill will pass and the law, once and for all, repealed.

UPDATE 7/14: A vote is scheduled in the senate for tomorrow, Tuesday July 15th on the third reading of the bill to repeal the 1913 law. Check back here for continued updates.

The Mass. Legislature is expected to discuss next week a bill to repeal the 1913 law that keeps out-of-state same-sex couples from getting married in Massachusetts, with several legislators going on the record with the New England Blade on Wednesday as "confident" that the bill will pass and the law, once and for all, repealed.

Gay-marriage advocates hope to repeal old law

Matt Viser
Boston Globe
Jul 10, 2008
State lawmakers are expected to vote next week on repealing a 1913 law that prevents out-of-state gay and lesbian couples from getting married in Massachusetts, reigniting a divisive debate on an issue that has stirred passions and put the state in the national spotlight.

State lawmakers are expected to vote next week on repealing a 1913 law that prevents out-of-state gay and lesbian couples from getting married in Massachusetts, reigniting a divisive debate on an issue that has stirred passions and put the state in the national spotlight.

Legislature to take up repeal of 1913 law shortly

Ethan Jacobs
Bay Windows
Jul 9, 2008

Wilkerson predicts Senate vote on Tuesday

The state legislature will likely take up a bill to repeal the 1913 law that prevents non-resident same-sex couples from marrying before the close of the legislative session at the end of this month.

Sen. Dianne Wilkerson (D-Boston), the champion of the legislation in the Senate, said she expects the repeal bill to come up for a vote in the Senate on Tuesday. She declined to say what she expected the vote count to be, but said she was optimistic the repeal bill would pass.

Marketing association honors MassEquality ad campaign

Ethan Jacobs
MassEquality
Jul 3, 2008
MassEquality has long been praised for its political muscle, but last month the New England Direct Marketing Association (NEDMA) honored the organization for its media savvy.

MassEquality has long been praised for its political muscle, but last month the New England Direct Marketing Association (NEDMA) honored the organization for its media savvy. NEDMA gave MassEquality's "It's Wrong to Vote on Rights" television campaign first prize in its broadcast media category at the organization's annual awards show, held June 11 at the Roxy in Boston.

MassEquality, HRC Announce New Challenge Grant

Zachary Violette
New England Blade
Jun 26, 2008
MassEquality announced on Tuesday, June 24 that it has received a new challenge grant from the Human Rights Campaign to support work in Massachusetts and New England.

MassEquality announced on Tuesday, June 24 that it has received a new challenge grant from the Human Rights Campaign to support work in Massachusetts and New England. The Human Rights Campaign has pledged to match individual donations to MassEquality, dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000, through September 30.

MassEquality Holds Summer Campaign Trainings

Zachary Violette
New England Blade
Jun 26, 2008
To kick off the 2008 Election Season, MassEquality is holding a series of Summer Campaign Trainings for activists looking to get involved with campaigns for pro-equality candidates.

To kick off the 2008 Election Season, MassEquality is holding a series of Summer Campaign Trainings for activists looking to get involved with campaigns for pro-equality candidates. These five-hour workshops will teach participants all the campaign basics they need to be an effective volunteer or organizer on a local legislative campaign -- a great intro experience for first-time campaign volunteers, as well as a good refresher for more experienced campaigners.

MassEquality Statement on the Hearing for the Massachusetts Conversion Therapy Ban Bill

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