Filing: Federal marriage ban violates rights of Mass. couples

02/23/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The Defense of Marriage Act should be found unconstitutional, without a trial, because it forces Massachusetts, which has a marriage-equality law on its books, to treat same-sex married couples differently from their opposite-sex counterparts, according to papers filed by state Attorney General Martha Coakley as part of a federal lawsuit. The U.S. Justice Department, in its filing, called for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

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