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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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January 4, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Leaving one political office with his eyes on another, Mitt Romney took the first formal step Wednesday into the race for the Republican presidential nomination on his last full day as governor of Massachusetts. While not yet declaring his candidacy, Romney filed papers with the Federal Election Commission setting up a presidential exploratory committee, a step that allows him to raise and spend money in the initial pursuit of the party's 2008 nomination.
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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.
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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.
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May 14, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Gay and lesbian couples from out of state who seek marriage licenses here beginning Monday will be turned away, Boston officials said Thursday. But as Massachusetts prepares to become the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, authorities in at least three other communities said they would ignore a 1913 law that bars couples from marrying in Massachusetts if their unions would not be recognized in their home states. The residency dispute followed an edict from Gov.
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