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Massachusetts may allow same-sex marriages, but most states will not recognize them.

FOLLOWING A GROUNDBREAKING decision by the state's supreme judicial court in November, Massachusetts on May 17 will become the first and only state to allow same-sex couples equal access to marriage licenses. But those gay and lesbian marriages will not be valid in most other states, where so-called defense of marriage acts, or DOMAs, ban recognition of all same-sex marriages. Thirty-nine states have such laws, and four of those--Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska, and Nevada--have reinforced them with anti-gay constitutional amendments. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 18 additional states with DOMAs have introduced or are expected to introduce state constitutional amendments or other measures to strengthen those laws, and seven others without DOMAs also are considering statutory or constitutional bans on recognizing same-sex marriage.

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Title Annotation:Bans across the nation
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U1MA
Date:Mar 16, 2004
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