The Cambridge city hall opened at midnight and Marcia Hams, 56, Susan Shepherd, 52, were the first to receive a marriage license. The couple has been together 27 years.
Currently only in-state residents can marry because of a 1913 law that says couples cannot be married there if the marriage would be void in their home state. Provincetown, a gay and lesbian vacation spot and tourist destination has vowed to ignore the law and marry out of state couples anyway.
Although gay and lesbian couples have wed in New Paltz, NY, San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR, Massachusetts is the only state whose legal system will recognize same-sex marriages. Activists in Oregon and California are pushing the issues through the courts. Since gay and lesbian marriages are not recognized on a Federal level, the couples married in Massachusetts will be in somewhat of a legal limbo until matters are sorted out. Some lawmakers are pushing for a Constituitional ban on same-sex marriage.