- The Washington Times - Monday, October 9, 2006

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island who won the right to “marry” in Massachusetts held their ceremony Sunday.

After being denied a marriage license in Massachusetts, Wendy Becker and Mary Norton challenged a 1913 state law that prohibits out-of-state residents from marrying if the union would not be permitted in their home state.

They argued that same-sex “marriage” was not specifically banned in Rhode Island. Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly agreed last month, saying he saw no evidence of a “constitutional amendment, statute, or controlling appellate decision” making same-sex “marriage” illegal in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, a Republican and a homosexual “marriage” opponent, said through a spokesman that he has no plans to try to revise the state’s laws.

Miss Becker and Miss Norton have been together for 18 years and have two children, 3-year-old Mickey and 6-year-old Hannah. Miss Becker works at Rhode Island College, Miss Norton at Brown Medical School.

The women said they started planning their wedding almost as soon as the ruling was issued Sept. 29. About 50 people attended the ceremony.

Kris Mineau of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which opposes same-sex “marriage,” said he feared a legal challenge attempting to force Rhode Islanders to recognize same-sex couples was coming.

“The people of Rhode Island can say, ‘Thank you,’ to the courts of Massachusetts, not the people, for throwing this grenade our way,” he said.

Miss Becker said, “What I hope happens is that people from Rhode Island go to Massachusetts, get married, come back to Rhode Island and the Legislature sees that there are lots of loving couples, and … the institution of marriage is not being destroyed.”

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