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Massachusetts high court hears non-resident gay marriage lawsuit

[JURIST] The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts [official website], heard oral arguments Thursday on the issue of whether same-sex couples from out-of-state can marry in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The court is deciding whether a 1913 law [text], which prohibits out-of-state couples from marrying in Massachusetts if their home states do not recognize the union, comports with the Massachusetts constitution [text]. The 1913 law, rarely invoked until the high court ruled same-sex marriages legal [decision, PDF], has been used by Governor Mitt Romney to deny gay couples from nearby states marriage licenses. AP has more. The Boston Globe has local coverage.

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