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May 17, 2004

Beginning with Illegality

It isn't my intention to offer running commentary in response to uncritical major media coverage of happenings in Massachusetts. But this raises a point that oughtn't get lost in all the heavy breathing:

Provincetown is among a handful of Massachusetts towns that have said they would ignore Gov. Mitt Romney's directive that city and town officials ask couples for proof of residency or intention to move to the state before issuing marriage licenses.

And that helped Provincetown attract couples from Minnesota, New York and Alabama today.

Chris McCary and John Sullivan, both of Anniston, Ala., flew into Boston yesterday and left for Provincetown at 3 this morning. They reached the steps of town hall at 5:30 a.m., were the first in line and the first here to receive a same-sex marriage license.

"This was a sure bet," McCary said.

The couple, together for six years, didn't want to wait any longer to make it official. They were heading for the district court in Orleans to ask a judge to waive the normal three-day waiting period. They planned to marry later today in Provincetown.

From what I've read, there's a question on the marriage license essentially asking out-of-state couples, under penalty of perjury, whether the marriage would be legal in their home states. The implications of this for couples who disregard the law would seem, at the very least, to merit a bit of discussion in articles about their marriages. Think of it: the Alabama couple mentioned above — from a state that explicitly bars SSM — is going to a Massachusetts judge to request additional concessions in procuring their illegal marriage.

Not exactly an indication of fidelity to the law or belief in the process of democratic persuasion.

Posted by Justin Katz at May 17, 2004 11:10 AM
Marriage & Family

Apparently lawlessness is just one of the many sexually transmitted diseases running rampant in the gay community...

Posted by: Marty at May 17, 2004 8:41 PM