"In Massachusetts equal means equal. Today by repealing the nearly century old law, we affirm the right of same-sex couples from out of state to marry in Massachusetts; to enjoy all of the protections of our good laws. Today by repealing this law we continue to lead the way as a national leader. Today by repealing this law we have affirmed the Democratic principle that all people come before their government as equals."
-- Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, after signing a measure repealing a 1913 law that prohibited out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying.