For Immediate Release - February 28, 2013

Statement by AG Coakley Regarding the DOJ's Amicus Brief Supporting Equal Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples

BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement in response to the Department of Justice’s amicus brief filed today with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting equal marriage rights for same-sex couples:

“In just the few years since we filed our suit challenging DOMA, DOJ has moved from vigorously defending it to now joining the fight for marriage equality. We commend them for this, and believe it reflects the continuing momentum toward standing up for fairness and equality for all of our citizens.”

Earlier today , AG Coakley filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to declare California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional and a will file a brief Friday with New York asking the Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Massachusetts is the only state to challenge DOMA and win, a decision upheld by the First Circuit last year.

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