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In Massachusetts, gay couples applying for same sex marriage need to file a Notice of Intent to Marry in any local government office. There is a three-day waiting period before the license will be issued. Couples should be aware that same sex marriage licenses will only be provided to couples whose home state does not have a ban on gay marriage.
In Canada, which does not have a residency requirement for same sex marriage, the laws of a couple's home state will apply if the couple want their marriage recognized at home.
Once a gay marriage license has been granted, couples need to organize the actual ceremony and are responsible for all costs.