Massachusetts House Lifts Marriage Ban
Yesterday the Massachusetts House repealed the state's 1913 ban on out-of-state residents marrying there, clearing the way for gay tourist nuptials. The ban had already been repealed by the state Senate and Gov. Duval Patrick will sign it into law shortly. An analysis by the state predicts that up to 30,000 gay couples may visit to marry there in the next three years, with most of that business coming from New Yorkers whose Massachusetts marriages will be recognized at home.