The Note

The New York Times' Pam Belluck previews the first day that same-sex couples in Massachusetts can legally wed. (The skinny on out-of-state couples is quite interesting...) LINK

The Boston Globe's Yvonne Abraham and Rick Klein write, "The licenses are to be granted after years of legal wrangling, political maneuvering, and fractious public debate, which will probably continue even after the first gay and lesbian marriages. The giddy celebrations of couples in Cambridge last night, and those expected in other cities and towns across the state today, will soon give way to disputes over the reach and validity of same-sex marriages elsewhere in the country." LINK

The Boston Globe's staff writers present several sidebar stories:

--Reporting from St. Louis, Colin Nickerson tries to size up the reaction of the "American heartland," finding that gays and lesbians there feel a "mixture of elation and apprehension." LINK --Joanna Weiss and Lisa Kocian on the ongoing celebration outside of Cambridge's city hall. LINK --Ron DePasquale runs through which public figures will and will not be there with Romney being the key headliner who will not. LINK --Michael Paulson on the reaction of church leaders. LINK --Sarah Schweitzer and Donovan Slack on the attorneys general in neighboring states. LINK --Sarah Schweitzer on some municipalities who plan to honor out of state same-sex couples applying for licenses despite what the governor says. LINK

The Boston Herald's Thomas Caywood and Elisabeth Beardsley write, "Thousands of same-sex couples, including all the plaintiffs in the controversial Goodridge case, planned to marry today by asking a judge to waive the three-day waiting period between applying for and receiving a marriage license." LINK

Today's Globe also features an op-ed by Howard Dean sharing the lessons he learned from Vermont's civil union's law. LINK

USA Today's Fred Bayles writes, "The impact will reach well beyond Massachusetts' borders. Gay activists are expected to use the new marriages to challenge laws in other states that ban same-sex marriages. Opponents of gay marriage say they will step up efforts to pass similar laws, including an amendment to the U.S. Constitution." LINK

Bayles also writes about the challenges married couples face seeking recognition from other states. LINK

USA Today also reminds us which states could have gay marriage on the ballot in some way or another this fall. LINK

Ken Maguire of the Associated Press describes the scene in Cambridge, Mass., as 260 same-sex couples obtained marriage licenses after the city offices opened at midnight -- and furnished a wedding cake -- for those who were lining up for the OK to get married. Some said they would ask a judge to waive the state's three-day waiting period so they could tie the knot right away. LINK

As does the Washington Post's Jonathan Finer, who Notes that though hundreds of same-sex couples are getting marriage licenses, "there is no way of knowing how many couples will be married here in the coming weeks, or who will be first." LINK

The Chicago Tribune's Lisa Anderson looks at the way the issue of gay marriage -- and the proposed constitutional amendment to ban it -- has galvanized and unified both the gay community and evangelical Christians. Gay activist groups are looking to mobilize voters in the same ways as conservatives are looking to bring back into the fold the evangelicals who stayed home from the polls in 2000. LINK

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