The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to repeal a 1913 law that prevented the state from marrying out-of-state couples if their marriages would not be valid in their home states. This comes a week after the Senate voted to the same. Governor Deval Patrick said he would sign the repeal.
Some might remember that Republican VP possibility Mitt Romney, then Governor of Massachusetts, invoked the antiquated 1913 law when the state legalized same-sex marriage in 2004, saying the state should not become "the Las Vegas of same-sex marriage." This wasn't the first time the law had been used to discriminate, however. The law itself is steeped in discrimination and racism- it was used years ago to stop interracial marriages in the state.
But rising pressure came to repeal the decades old law after the California marriage decision and New York's recognition of out of state marriages. Further support came from a fiscal study showing the millions of dollars that could flow into the state from same-sex couples marrying.