For Immediate Release - July 08, 2010

Statement of Attorney General Coakley Regarding the Landmark DOMA

The following is a statement from Attorney General Coakley regarding today's decision:

"Today's landmark decision is an important step toward achieving equality for all married couples in Massachusetts and assuring that all of our citizens enjoy the same rights and protections under our Constitution. It is unconstitutional for the federal government to discriminate, as it does because of DOMA's restrictive definition of marriage. It is also unconstitutional for the federal government to decide who is married and to create a system of first- and second-class marriages. The federal government cannot require states, such as Massachusetts, to further the discrimination through federal programs. We are extremely pleased with Judge Tauro's decision and we also want to congratulate GLAD for their well-earned victory on behalf of equality."

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