Lesbian mothers of an 11-year-old daughter are among the first New Yorkers to marry in Massachusetts

Joy Spring and Carla Barbano waited until Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill Thursday that repealed a 1913 law that had blocked same-sex couples from outside Massachusetts from marrying in the state.

The Middletown couple have an 11-year-old daughter, Lizzy.

“It’s extremely important. If something happened to one of us she’d always be taken care of,” said Spring, who joined Barbano in a civil union in 2006 in New York.

The couple is from one of the few states that will recognize their impending union: New York Gov. David Paterson said earlier this year that state law requires recognition of legal marriages performed elsewhere.

“Now New Yorkers can drive across the border to a neighboring state (and) get a marriage license that will be recognized as fully legal and valid here at home,” said a statement from Empire State Pride Agenda, a New York gay rights group.


3 thoughts on “Lesbian mothers of an 11-year-old daughter are among the first New Yorkers to marry in Massachusetts

  • August 1, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Great News!!!

    I am a New York State resident who was married in Canada a few years back because at the time, Ma. would only marry state residents.


    I have actually started a memoir of my life as a married lesbian.


  • August 3, 2008 at 12:19 am

    I never thought it was a possibility that gay couples would ever be able to legally marry. While it may seem as if it has taken too long for it to happen I think we are at the tipping point with the nation. In very little time it will be legal everywhere in the US. Soon after that we will be asking ourselves how we could have never allowed it in the first place.

    I know there are a lot of happy people at my blog


  • August 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Cool blog on your married life. I would love to see more writing from you.

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