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Sandra and Roberta Cote-Whitacre et al. v. Department of Public Health et al.

January 01, 2005

Prevents non-resident couples from marrying in Massachusetts if that marriage would be void in their home state. Consistent with its position in Goodridge that discrimination against gays and lesbians is unacceptable, the BBA filed this amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs’ claims that the Department of Public Health’s enforcement of M.G.L. c. 207, §§ 11-12 to prevent city and town clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples residing in other states violates provisions of the United States and Massachusetts Constitutions.