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Judge rejects marriage equality ban by U.S.

July 8, 2010

A federal judge in Massachusetts today found that a law barring the federal government from recognizing marriages between same-sex couples is unconstitutional, ruling that such couples deserve the same federal benefits as opposite-sex couples. Read related news coverage here.

Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey applauded the judge’s action, calling it fair and just. She added:

This ruling marks a victory for loving, committed couples who want nothing more than the same rights and security as other families. From the start, this has been about basic fairness.

Congrats to Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders for its critical work and victory on this issue. Mary Bonauto, GLAD’s civil rights project director, said:

Today the court simply affirmed that our country won’t tolerate second-class marriages. I’m pleased that Judge Tauro recognized that married same-sex couples and surviving spouses have been seriously harmed by DOMA and that the plaintiffs deserve the same opportunities to care and provide for each other and for their children that other families enjoy. This ruling will make a real difference for countless families in Massachusetts.

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