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Mass. same-sex couples rush to town clerks

BOSTON, May 18 (UPI) -- More than 1,000 same-sex couples asked clerks across Massachusetts for marriage licenses on the first day the state allowed gay marriages.

A Boston Globe survey published Tuesday found at least 77 same-sex couples were married Monday as Massachusetts became the first state in the country to recognize same-sex marriages. The newspaper said Marcia Kadish and Tanya McCloskey of Malden, Mass., were married about 9 a.m. Monday -- the first same-sex couple to be married in the state.

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The Globe surveyed 752 couples in 11 cities and towns and determined that two-thirds of those asking for licenses Monday were women and the median age of those applying was 43, with an age range of 19 to 75. And 30 percent of the couples had children living with them.

The newspaper said many couples were from out of state, raising the question of whether their home states will recognize the unions and in apparent violation of a 1913 commonwealth law that forbids giving licenses to people not from Massachusetts.

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