On Monday, Massachusetts becomes the first state to make it legal for same-sex couples to marry. It follows a highly controversial decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, striking down the heterosexuals-only restriction in the state's marriage law. Some cities and towns in the Bay State, including Cambridge, decided to open their licensing offices Sunday night so they could begin handing out same-sex marriage applications after midnight, when they become legal. At the stroke of midnight, thousands of people broke into cheers as city clerks in Cambridge issued the first marriage license applications to to gay and lesbian couples. The crowd around Cambridge City Hall began throwing rice and singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" as couples streamed through the front door and into the clerk's office.
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DiMasi, as speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from to , arguably did more to advance gay marriage in Massachusetts than anyone else, straight or gay. Now, after being let out of federal prison in on compassionate release — he had been battling cancer — the Massachusetts Superior Court earlier this month cleared the way for DiMasi to register as a lobbyist. Once the darling of liberals, DiMasi hopes to hear from people and organizations who value him and his past service in human rights, health care and the environment. Galvin served in the House with DiMasi before becoming secretary of state. Should DiMsi prevail, he will become one of more than 1, registered lobbyists who are paid to do business on Beacon Hill, which is almost seven times the number of legislators in both the House and Senate.
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Under the decision of the Supreme Judicial Court in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, Mass. Same-sex spouses will file as married persons, jointly or separately, for Massachusetts state income tax purposes. Federal law does not recognize same-sex civil marriage, and same-sex spouses will remain individual filers for federal purposes. Where elements of Massachusetts taxation derives from federal law, such as the definition of gross income, or state deductions that are based on a federal counterpart, same-sex spouses may need to perform special calculations to arrive at the proper Massachusetts tax figure.
BOSTON, June 14 — Same-sex marriage will continue to be legal in Massachusetts, after proponents in both houses won a pitched months-long battle on Thursday to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Deval Patrick said after the legislature voted to 45 against the amendment, which needed 50 favorable votes to come before voters in a referendum in November The vote means that opponents would have to start from Square 1 to sponsor a new amendment, which could not get on the ballot before