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February 6, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
One day after the state high court ruled that same-sex couples were entitled to marry, Beacon Hill was in a frenzy Thursday -- with Massachusetts lawmakers meeting in emergency session and lobbyists of fiercely divergent views trying to influence the debate. One prominent Democrat vowed to introduce an amendment to the state constitution that would nullify the Supreme Judicial Court's decision Wednesday allowing gays and lesbians to wed. The "defense of marriage" bill, Rep.
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May 22, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
With wedding bells pealing all week in Massachusetts for same-sex couples, Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday stepped up his effort to block out-of-state gays and lesbians from marrying here. The Republican governor, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, delivered the records of 10 nonresident couples who received marriage licenses this week from city and town clerks to Atty. Gen. Tom Reilly.
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July 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
Plans for new liquefied natural gas terminals in Massachusetts and Texas won federal approval on Thursday. An LNG project in Rhode Island was rejected as regulators said they tried to balance energy needs with public safety. It was the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's first such rejection. Seven other projects have been approved since 2003. Commissioners approved the Weaver's Cove Energy project for Fall River, Mass., by a 3-1 vote.
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May 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
One of the last men to face the death penalty in Massachusetts walked out of a courtroom free Thursday, 30 years after he was jailed in the slaying of a transit worker. Laurence Adams, 51, was released on his own recognizance after a judge's decision to overturn his conviction last month. Adams said he harbored no grudge against the prosecutors and police who put him in prison. "You can't be bitter because you can't stop the clock," he said.
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May 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Gov. Mitt Romney vetoed a bill Friday to expand stem cell experiments in Massachusetts because it would allow the cloning of human embryos -- a practice he has called morally wrong. However, the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed the bill by big enough margins to override his veto when lawmakers take up the measure again next week. Romney, a Republican, supports research using adult stem cells or cells extracted from leftover frozen embryos from fertility clinics.
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April 13, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
The nation's most comprehensive healthcare reform effort became law Wednesday as Gov. Mitt Romney signed a bill that would assure near-universal health insurance for Massachusetts residents. The measure followed a year of negotiations between the Republican governor and the overwhelmingly Democratic state Legislature, and was swiftly heralded as a national model.
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March 7, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
On the appointed day -- March 21, 2001 -- seven carefully selected couples fanned out across Massachusetts to apply for marriage licenses. At Boston's city hall, Ed Balmelli remembered, the clerk looked up and asked: "Where is the bride?" Balmelli smiled at his partner, Mike Horgan, and replied: "There is no bride." After all seven same-sex couples were denied licenses, they filed a lawsuit, and two years later won the right to marry.
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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.
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April 16, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday filed emergency legislation that would permit him to hire a special counsel to keep Massachusetts from becoming the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Republican governor said he would ask the special counsel to petition the state's highest court to delay enactment of a ruling that on May 17 will permit gays and lesbians to wed here.
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March 9, 2003 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
After 16 years together, they are the kind of couple who worry about life's nagging "what ifs?" What if the mortgage doesn't get paid? What if the furnace blows up? What if Julie Goodridge keels over and the state will release her body only to next of kin? "Well," said Hillary Goodridge, "that would be her second cousin Patsy in Mississippi."
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