The domestic partnership law grants unmarried couples the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. Eskridg Jr. New Jersey Legislature. Sometimes we come up short. Archived from the original on April 1,
Seven same-sex couples file suit to be allowed to marry in Massachusetts. October 9, In Aprila committee of the Legislature held a hearing on the constitutional amendment,  but took no action. Gay rights activists say they may ask voters to repeal the marriage ban as early as next year, and opponents have pledged to fight any such effort.
Granade [c] of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [d] ruled that Alabama's refusal to license and recognize same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. We do not abrogate the fullest measure of protection to which residents of the Commonwealth are entitled under the Massachusetts Constitution The issue before us today is whether legislators will follow the constitution.
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The Massachusetts Town Clerks' Association raised the issue for the first time on February 24, reporting that some of them were receiving inquiries from out-of-state couples. Retrieved 20 November Retrieved 31 December Civil unions and registered partnerships.