MA Governor signs law allowing out-of-state gays to wed

48 more states to go:

Surrounded by cheering, clapping gay-rights activists and legislators, Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill repealing a 95-year-old statute that had prevented gay and lesbian couples from most other states from marrying in Massachusetts.

“It’s a good day,” said Patrick, declaring that the repeal will “confirm a simple truth: that is, in Massachusetts, equal means equal.”

Massachusetts will “continue to lead the way as a national leader” and affirm “all people come before their government as equals,” Patrick said in a bill-signing ceremony at the State House’s Grand Staircase. Gay marriage “is still troubling for some of our citizens,” he said, “but it is still the law.”

Patrick, who turned 52 today, also called the bill “a great birthday present.”

Marc Solomon, executive director of MassEquality, a gay-rights organization, said, “This is really a new day. We welcome everyone from New York to come here and get married. We think it’s a shame people can’t get married in their own states.”

The repeal took effect immediately, making Massachusetts the second state after California to allow same-sex couples to marry, regardless of residence. It opened the borders for potentially thousands of nonresident same-sex couples. That includes an estimated 49,000 couples from New York, where Governor David Paterson has instructed state agencies to recognize and grant benefits to gay couples who marry elsewhere, even though the Empire State does not authorize same-sex marriages.

7 Brilliant Building Conversion Projects

From Weburbanist:

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(via Make:Blog)

Off to see The Dark Knight

And I’m not blogging from the theater so no updates until much later. (I lied, there’s a two o’clock trailer update scheduled for 3:00pm.)

Update:

I ended up having a small kernel of popcorn embedded in the back of my throat during most of the movie so perhaps I was a bit grumpy but the movie was good. A bit overrated IMO and about 30 minutes too long. Yes, Heath Ledger is great in it. Yes, Maggie Gyllenhaal took over Katie Holmes role of “speed bump” where the movie slowed down every time she appeared on screen.

Now, excuse me while I go scrape the back of my esophagus with a coat hanger.