Boston,Massachusetts (WiredPRNews.com) — Deval Patrick, the Governor of Massachusetts, signed a bill allowing gay couples to marry in Massachusetts. In 1913, a law blocked same-sex couples from tying the knot.
Patrick said that by doing so, same-sex members of society are given a chance to make decisions about their personal lives. Supporters of the repeal said that the earlier law passed 95 years ago smelled of racism as it tried to stop interracial marriages, while the reasons for the legislature to approve it still remains unclear. Gay couples from other states can marry on Thursday in Massachusetts as lawmakers are going to immediately get into action on the repeal.
Joy Spring from Middletown who has been planning to marry Carla Barbano from Provincetown said on Friday that they will now be recognized as a married couple. Lizzy, their teenage daughter, will be an attendant in the ceremony. The couple belongs to one of the states where their approaching union will be recognized. The governor of New York, David Paterson, commented earlier this year that state laws need the recognition of marriages performed elsewhere as well.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of California ruled that gay marriages are legal. Opponents of gay marriages say that repealing the law of 1913 will bring confusion in the states that have chosen to ban the practice. Kris Mineau, the president of Massachusetts Family Institute, said that the folly and arrogance of the lawmakers to repeal the law will be terribly harmful for marriage laws throughout the country.
The 18-year old daughter of Patrick, the first black governor of Massachusetts, has recently publicly come out as a lesbian. According to a study, over 30,000 gay couples from other states, a majority from New York, will get married in Massachusetts during the next 3 years which will create 300 jobs and boost the economy of the state by around $111 million.
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