Here's some key points in the Globe, sadly buried.
Each of the 26 couples at issue was married just after May 17, 2004, the date gay marriage became legal in Massachusetts. All obtained marriage licenses in one of four communities -- Provincetown, Worcester, Springfield, and Somerville -- where clerks defied Romney's order not to issue marriage licenses to out-of-state gay couples.
Romney obtained those marriage records from the clerks and stopped the state from processing them, which meant the state had no record of the marriages. The marriages were recorded at the local level, however.
Deval's made a very strong statement in favor of equality, so kudos to him. Now, it's time to go all the way... and ask clerks in towns and cities to stop harassing out of state same-sex couples. If they want to get married in Massachusetts, let's welcome them to it.