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Truro residents Eileen Counihan (L) and Erin Golden acknowledged well-wishers outside Provincetown Town Hall after obtaining their marriage license in May 2004.
Truro residents Eileen Counihan (L) and Erin Golden acknowledged well-wishers outside Provincetown Town Hall after obtaining their marriage license in May 2004. (Globe Staff File Photo / Wendy Maeda) Globe Staff File Photo / Wendy Maeda
Political spillover

Mass. landmark ruling pushed issue onto ballots

By Nina J. Easton
Globe Staff / May 15, 2005

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First of two parts WASHINGTON -- Kansas House speaker pro tempore John Ballou, one of the state's most conservative lawmakers, suspected he was ''taking the last vote" of his political career when he opposed a constitutional ban on gay marriage. (Full article: 1699 words)

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