Massachusetts court rules against same-sex marriage

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A lesbian couple from Essex Junction can’t marry in Massachusetts because Vermont doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.

That’s the ruling today from the Bay State’s highest court in the case of a Vermont couple and seven other same-sex couples from outside Massachusetts who wanted to marry there.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling in 2003 that made the Commonwealth the first state to allow same-sex marriage.

But in today’s order, the court cited a 1913 law that says out-of-staters couldn’t marry in Massachusetts if the marriage would be forbidden in their own states.

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