Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Boston Uncommon

In another law with roots in the colonial era, Massachusetts does not recognize common-law marriage entered to within its borders. That is, de facto marriages without a license or ceremony, in which the couple simply presents themselves as married. However, it does recognize common-law marriages that were legal in the states.

Currently, those other states are:
Alabama
Colorado
District of Columbia
Georgia (if created before 1/97)
Idaho (if created before 1/96)
Iowa
Kansas
Montana
New Hampshire (for inheritance purposes only)
Ohio (if created before 10/91)
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania (if created before 9/03)
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Texas
Utah


This is an interesting wrinkle on the full-faith and credit clause under which the 50 states and the District of Columbia recognize each other's laws. The DoMA states are weaseling out of this long-standing practice for same-sex marriages.

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