The City of Boston decided on Wednesday that it would not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples from other states when gay marriage becomes legal in Massachusetts next week. But Somerville, a neighboring city, came to the opposite conclusion, saying couples who sign the license application will be issued licenses, even if they have no intention of moving to Massachusetts. The two decisions underscore a mushrooming debate about same-sex marriage here: whether Massachusetts law allows marriages only among same-sex couples who live in the state, or intend to live here. Mitt Romney, who opposes same-sex marriage, has said out-of-state marriages of gay couples are prevented under a law that says the state will not grant marriage licenses to out-of-state couples if their marriage would be ''void'' in their home state. Since no other state allows gay marriages, Governor Romney has said only couples who are or intend to be Massachusetts residents can get married here.
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Vatican Says Catholic Church Won’t Bless Same-Sex Unions – CBS Boston
In , on the first anniversary of her marriage, author Sarah Orne Jewett penned a romantic poem to her partner. These women shared kisses, hugs and their lives—but today, few remember these pioneers of same-sex relationships. Though homosexuality was taboo during the 19th century, intense and romantic friendships among women were common. At the time, women were encouraged to exist in a sphere separate from that of men. Public life, work and earning money were seen as the purview of men.
Half million homes are gay marriages 5 years after ruling
Same-sex marriage is a widely used term now. But in the early s, there were zero states banning or allowing same-sex marriage, and no states offered civil unions or domestic partnerships. Massachusetts' role in bringing same-sex marriage to the US was part of a much bigger effort:.