SocraticGadfly: Time for Texas gay couples to plan a trip to Massachusetts

July 16, 2008

Time for Texas gay couples to plan a trip to Massachusetts

Those that want to be married, that is!

The Bay State is primed to trash its 1913 law restricting marriage in that state to Massachusetts couples, or two other couples on the condition they could only get married by the law of their home state.

The archaic law, originally used to keep Southerners of different ethnicity from getting around anti-miscegenation laws down South, was pretty much ignored in recent years until in 2006, when then-Gov. Mitt Romney ordered it enforced after the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

The state House has repealed the law and the Senate is expected to follow. Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to sign, for two reasons.

One, he’s African-American, and anybody in Massachusetts this side of the Religious Right acknowledges the racist background of the law.

Two, his daughter is out of the closet as a lesbian.

Assuming passage, the “full faith and credit” law of the Constitution is going to hit the fan.

I guess we’ll see in 2-3 years, maybe less, just how fucking hypocritical Nino Scalia will try to be with “originalism.”

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