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March 3, 2009

MA Attorney General and Senator John Kerry Express Strong Support for GLAD’s DOMA Section 3 Lawsuit

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Senator John Kerry have both issued strong statements of support for GLAD’s legal challenge to Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“We strongly support the efforts of GLAD and its clients to pursue equal rights for all married couples in Massachusetts,” said the Attorney General.  “Since the Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in Goodridge in 2003, Massachusetts has taken many affirmative steps to ensure and solidify marriage equality in the Commonwealth. Despite all of these efforts, married individuals in same-sex relationships do not enjoy equal rights in the Commonwealth.  DOMA is a law that codifies discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Because of this law, individuals in same-sex marriages often pay more in federal income taxes, are not eligible for surviving spouse benefits from the Social Security Administration and, if they are employed by the federal government, cannot obtain healthcare coverage for their spouses.

“The courts have always been the last resort for those seeking justice under the law, and I’m proud that GLAD has taken action to right a wrong that passed the Senate over the objections of both of Massachusetts’ Senators,” said Senator Kerry today .

Read Attorney General Martha Coakley’s full statement of support

Read Senator John Kerry’s full statement of support