When a marriage license is issued in Massachusetts, it is supposed to match the name of the couple that signed it, but the marriage license that is produced by the state does not.
In Boston, Massachusetts, the official state record of the marriage is dated on February 2, 2020, and the name and address of the person who signed the marriage certificate is not included in the official record.
Boston officials told Polygon that the marriage licenses issued by the city of Boston are in fact authentic and do match the official marriage license.
Boston City Clerk Patricia Lissette told Polygon that her office has confirmed that the documents are authentic and match the Massachusetts Marriage License.
Lisset told Polytron that the issue is being addressed and that the bureau is reviewing its process for verifying documents.
The bureau does not have the power to issue marriage licenses, but they are required to verify the authenticity of the documents they issue.
Boston city clerk Patricia Liskes, left, and Massachusetts Marriage Licensing Commissioner Jennifer Farrar, right, review the marriage documents of a couple who were married on Feb. 2, 2019.
Liskers told Polygamet that the city clerk’s office received an anonymous tip that the names of the parties had been changed, so she contacted the Boston Police Department to check on the accuracy of the original documents.
Police Chief Joseph Ponte told Polygamer that the department’s office is investigating the situation and would have more to say once it has more information.
The Marriage License Bureau of Massachusetts said it received a tip from someone claiming to be a law enforcement official and said it has been in contact with Boston Police to confirm that information.
“We have verified that the name on the marriage document matches the name in the license,” the bureau said in a statement.
“The bureau has not had a problem with the license issuing process in the past, and we are working with our partners to address this issue.”
The Marriage Licenses Department said that the official Massachusetts marriage licenses are also being issued in the state, but that they are being issued by different agencies, including the Boston police department.
A copy of the Marriage License Division’s official statewide marriage license can be found here.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, right.
are shown on a marriage certificate in front of a photo of the bride and groom in Boston, March 7, 2021.
The marriage licenses have been in use for years in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Marriage Division of the Department of Health and Human Services issued a marriage and family status certificate on March 7 for a couple married on the same day.
The ceremony was performed at the Boston Public Library in Boston on February 20, 2019, the same date that the first same-sex marriages were allowed in Massachusetts in 2017.
In 2016, a judge in Boston ruled that a same-gender couple could legally marry in Massachusetts on March 6, 2020.
That same day, the state’s first same sex marriage was held.
Massachusetts voters approved the marriage amendment in the November 2020 election.
“I am thrilled to be in the position to help this issue and to see the marriage issue brought to the forefront of the political arena,” Walsh said in the statement.
Walsh is a member of the Democratic-led legislative delegation in the State Senate.