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Friday, September 29, 2006

Judge: Gay R.I. Couple Can Wed in Mass.

BOSTON — A gay couple from Rhode Island has the right to marry in Massachusetts because laws in their home state do not expressly prohibit same-sex marriage, a judge ruled Friday.

Wendy Becker and Mary Norton of Providence argued that a 1913 law that forbids out-of-state residents from marrying in Massachusetts if their marriage would not be permitted in their home state did not apply to them because Rhode Island does not specifically ban gay marriage. Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly agreed.

Mary Norton (left) and Wendy Backer of Providence want to marry
in Massachusetts. (Cyrus Moghtader for the Boston Globe)

"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,"he ruled.

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