A petition effort to reinstate a recently repealed law that barred non-resident gay and lesbian couples from marrying in Massachusetts is moving forward, reports The Boston Globe.

The referendum seeks to once again ban out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying in the state if their union would be illegal in their home state.

“After a thorough review by our office, we have concluded that this referendum petition has met the technical requirements that govern such petitions,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a statement. “Our decision that this referendum meets the Constitutional requirements as to subject matter does not mean that it has our support, but simply that the constitutional requirements are met for the proponents of the referendum to obtain further signatures.”

To secure a position on the November 2010 ballot, the anti gay marriage group Mass Resistance must gather signatures from 33,297 registered voters by October 29th.

The law, often called the 1913 law, was repealed just last month. New York and Rhode Island are among the states that have said they would accept gay marriages performed elsewhere, including Canada, California and Massachusetts. Neither offers marriage to gay couples.