For Immediate Release - February 07, 2012

AG Coakley Statement on Proposition 8 Ruling by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

BOSTON - Responding to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision striking down California’s Proposition 8 and extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement:

“The Ninth Circuit’s decision recognizes what we have long found to be true in Massachusetts, that the security and stability of our families is only strengthened when all people have the right to marry the person they love. Proposition 8, like the Defense of Marriage Act we have challenged, is a discriminatory law that should be relegated to its place in history with other laws of intolerance.”