For Immediate Release - May 31, 2012

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR PATRICK ON THE FIRST CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS DECISION AFFIRMING THAT THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

BOSTON – Thursday, May 31, 2012 – The following is a statement from Governor Deval Patrick:

"I applaud the appeals court ruling for reaffirming what we in Massachusetts have known for some time now - same sex couples are entitled to the same rights and protections under the constitution as all other families. Anything less is discriminatory and runs counter to the values of equality and opportunity we hold dear in this country. This is another important step forward in the long walk towards justice."

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