The Massachusetts House has voted to allow gay marriages involving out-of-state couples.
The lawmakers voted 118-35 today to repeal a 1913 law that bans couples from marrying in Massachusetts if their own states would not allow the unions.
The state Senate voted to repeal the law earlier this month and Gov. Deval Patrick has said he will sign it. Opponents say repealing the ban will attract many out-of-state gay couples to Massachusetts for marriages. Some proponents say that would be an economic boon for the state, and would allow Massachusetts to compete with California. A California Supreme Court ruling recently made gay marriage legal there with no residency requirement.
Anti-gay voter fraud on video: Massachusetts woman earns up to $1200 a day scamming citizens into signing a homophobic petition
This past year, Massachusetts voters were fooled into believing they were signing a petition about grocery store products, but a conservative group was actually gathering signatures – in a bait and switch scam – to ban same-sex marriage.
The Massachusetts Family Institute is responsible for the petitioning.
MFI’s mission is posted on it’s website:
“Recognizing that healthy families are indispensable to the preservation of a strong and free society, the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) is dedicated to strengthening the family and affirming the Judeo-Christian values upon which it is based. Established in 1991, MFI is a non-partisan public policy organization dedicated to strengthening families in Massachusetts. MFI engages in research and education on a wide range of public policy issues to strengthen the well-being, health and safety of families – its individual members and the collective unit.”
Watch the news video, to see how the group gains support for its mission.