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February 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
Massachusetts' highest court, which legalized gay marriage in the state, has agreed to hear a challenge to the 1913 law being used to bar out-of-state gay couples from getting married in the state. The law denies out-of-state couples the right to marry if it would be illegal in their home state. The Supreme Judicial Court agreed in late January to hear the case, but no public announcement was made.
December 2, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 GOP presidential aspirant and an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, apparently employed undocumented landscape workers at his home near Boston. Responding to a report in Friday's Boston Globe, the governor's communications director said Friday that Romney was unaware that several of the landscapers who kept up his suburban Belmont property were in this country illegally. "Gov.
April 8, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
After months of negotiations, Massachusetts passed legislation this week that promises near-universal healthcare coverage -- the most inclusive plan any state has crafted. But experts say the state's unique circumstances will make the measure difficult to replicate. The 145-page bill, passed Tuesday by the state's heavily Democratic Legislature, is expected to be signed soon by Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican who probably will seek his party's presidential nomination in 2008.
November 6, 2003 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
In a case that has fueled the debate over capital punishment in Massachusetts, federal prosecutors on Wednesday asked a jury to impose the death penalty on a 44-year-old drifter who confessed to murdering three good Samaritans. Gesturing toward Gary Lee Sampson, Assistant U.S. Atty. George Vien told the jury: "This man sitting right here in the blue shirt is a cunning, manipulative, cold-blooded killer who preyed on the good-hearted.
May 6, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
With city and town clerks threatening rebellion, Gov. Mitt Romney has softened his position on residency requirements for same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Massachusetts. Gay and lesbian couples who apply for marriage licenses starting May 17 will not be forced to provide "documentary evidence" that they live in Massachusetts, the governor's press secretary, Shawn Feddeman, said Wednesday.
May 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to block the nation's first state-sanctioned gay marriages from taking place in Massachusetts starting next week. The justices declined without comment to intervene and block clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The state's highest court had ruled in November that the state Constitution allowed gay couples to marry and declared that the process would begin Monday. The U.S.
March 31, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
For weeks now, Margaret Drury has fielded a steady flow of inquiries from gay and lesbian couples wondering how to get marriage licenses on May 17, when Massachusetts is scheduled to become the first state where same-sex marriage is legal. But the volume of calls to the Cambridge city clerk surged Tuesday as prospective brides and grooms reacted to the Legislature's approval Monday of a constitutional amendment that two years from now could take away their right to wed.
November 1, 2002 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Massachusetts on Thursday became the first state to ban aluminum baseball bats in high school competition, beginning with the spring 2003 postseason tournament. Following prolonged discussion, the baseball committee of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Committee voted, 9-6, to ban the metal bats and recommended that wooden bats be used at all levels of play beginning in 2004. The committee's recommendation will be discussed at a Dec.
July 12, 2009 | Susan Spano
In the cold, dark, dead of winter, when my thoughts turn to summer, I think of it in New England. I think of still nights with plenty of stars and the conversation of cicadas, the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, swimming in a lake, Friendly's ice cream and sweet corn on the cob. Much has been made of New England's colorful falls, but my cup is filled by its deep green summers. I carry memories of them from when I worked at a summer stock theater in western Massachusetts in my college years.
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