Gay Marriage in Massachusetts

According to a survey of the state's largest cities and towns, the number of gay couples who applied for marriage licenses yesterday in Massachusetts, the first day they were available, totaled more than a thousand.

The Boston Globe reports two-thirds of those who applied yesterday were women, and 40 percent of those female couples have children in their homes. The newspaper questioned about 750 couples. It also found half the couples have been together for at least a decade.

Massachusetts is the first state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage. State lawmakers may let voters decide in 2006 whether to ban same-sex marriages and instead define such partnerships as civil unions. It isn't clear how the weddings now taking place would be affected.