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 A Message from the City Clerk's Office

May 10, 2004

Same Sex Marriage Update May 10,2004

City Clerk’s Office to Open at 12:01 a.m. on May 17th to accept marriage applications.
The Clerk’s Office will distribute numbers in sequential order, first come, first serve.  At 12:01 a.m., the Clerk’s Office will begin calling numbers, five at a time, for couples to come to the ground floor to fill out marriage intentions.  At 2 a.m., the Clerk’s Office will hand out numbers to all who are still waiting at that time, and then cease handing out numbers until 8:30 a.m. the next morning.

Out-of-State Couples
The Registrar's official legal interpretation is that under MGL Ch 207 Sec 11, there is an impediment to the marriage of same sex couples who reside in any state other than Massachusetts and intend to return to that state after the marriage.  The marriage will be considered null and void.  The application form requires applicants to state their address and where they will live after the marriage.  The Registrar has clarified that City Clerks can continue to accept the sworn oath of the applicants, and need not ask for additional documentation.  Although the Cambridge City Clerk’s Office is not requiring proof of residency, the couple must swear to the truth of their statements, and out of state couples who intend to continue to reside out of state should not apply for marriage licenses.  If they tell the truth, the license will not be issued; if they perjure themselves, they will end up with a marriage certificate (and a marriage) that is legally null and void.

Premarital Blood Tests Offered in Cambridge

Anticipating high demand for marriage licenses in May, the Cambridge Public Health Department is offering premarital blood through May 20.

Under state law, all individuals applying for a marriage license in Massachusetts are required to have a premarital blood test.

“It is our obligation to make these services available to gay and lesbian couples so they don’t experience additional obstacles in exercising their right to marry,” said Harold Cox, Chief Public Health Officer for the City of Cambridge.

The Cambridge Public Health Department will schedule tests from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on:

  • Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6
  • Wednesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 13
  • Wednesday, May 19and Thursday, May 20

To set up an appointment or for more information, call 617-665-3811.  The Health Department is located on the ground level of the Windsor Street Community & Health Center at 119 Windsor Street (near Main St.). The cost is $25 per person. Please make sure to call for an appointment in advance. 

Premarital blood tests can also be obtained from health care providers and at the Mount Auburn Hospital Walk-In Clinic, 330 Mount Auburn Street.  Walk-In Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (weekdays) and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (weekends).  For more information, call the Walk-In Clinic at 617-499-5065. The cost is $97 per person.




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