Suit challenges limitations of same-sex marriage law

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The legal battle over same-sex marriages is back in the courtroom. Eight couples, including one from Vermont, and more than a dozen municipal clerks filed lawsuits Friday challenging a 1913 law used to block out-of-state gay couples from marrying in Massachusetts.

The law bars couples who live outside Massachusetts from marrying there if their marriages would be illegal in their home states. The couples and municipal clerks argue that the 1913 law is unconstitutional and that it’s discriminatory to enforce it against same-sex couples.

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