A 1913 law prohibits Massachusetts from marrying out of state couples there if the marriage would not be recognized in their home state. This has been the reason why the state has not been inundated with out of state same-sex couples wanting to wed.
Today, however, a Superior Court has ruled that because Rhode Island’s laws do not specifically ban same-sex marriage, a lesbian couple can be married by the state of Massachusetts.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly: “No evidence was introduced before this court of a constitutional amendment, statute, or controlling appellate decision from Rhode Island that explicitly deems void or otherwise expressly forbids same-sex marriage.”
It is not yet known if State Attorney General Thomas Reilly will appeal the ruling.
Judge rules gay R.I. couple has right to marry in Mass. [boston globe]
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