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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a 32-page lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. government, seeking federal marriage benefits for 16,000 legally-wed gay and lesbian couples. At issue is the constitutionality of Section 3 the Defense of Marriage Act, recently notoriously defended by the Department of Justice.
The suit states that DOMA, termed "overreaching and discriminatory," interferes with the state's "sovereign authority to define and regulate marriage."
"We view all married persons equally," Coakley said at a press conference today.
The basis for the suit is the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Section 8 of the Constitution. Along with the United States itself, defendants include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Another suit by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) targeting DOMA is also in the works. GLAD's Janson Wu says, "We applaud the Commonwealth's decision to seek to protect its married citizens from the harms caused by federal discrimination."
Scientific American (June 2009): Do Gay Animals Change Evolution?
The Register (June 2009): Gay Animals Going at It Like Rabbits.
Wired.com (June 2009): Keeping an Open Mind to Animal Homosexuality.
NPR (June 2009): Same-Sex Behavior in the Animal Kingdom.
Fox News (June 2009): Same-Sex Behavior Found in Nearly All Animals.
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