Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Massachusetts initiates lawsuit against Defense of Marriage Act

Massachusetts filed a lawsuit today against the federal government, saying that the latter overstepped its bounds in authorizing and enforcing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed in the states that allow them.

DOMA "directly interferes with Massachusetts' long-standing sovereign authority to define and regulate the marital status of its residents," said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. "Massachusetts has a single category of married persons, and we view all married persons equally and identically."

You can read more about the lawsuit here.

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