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Kerry Supports A.G. Coakley's Lawsuit Filed Today Challenging DOMA

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Location: Boston, MA


Kerry Supports A.G. Coakley's Lawsuit Filed Today Challenging DOMA

Senator John Kerry threw his support behind the lawsuit filed earlier today by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley which challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Senator Kerry also supported the lawsuit filed in March by 15 Massachusetts residents in coordination with GLAD. In 1996, Senator Kerry was the only Senator running for reelection who voted against DOMA, and he has continued to speak out against DOMA and its harmful effects ever since.

"The courts have always been the last resort for those seeking justice under the law, and I am proud to stand with Attorney General Coakley and wholeheartedly support her efforts to right a wrong that passed the Senate over the objections of both of Massachusetts' Senators," said Senator Kerry today .

"In 1996, I voted against the so-called Defense of Marriage Act not just because I believed it was nothing more than a fundamentally political ploy to divide Americans, but because it is unconstitutional. Thirteen years later, I still defy you to find a single Senator who can credibly argue that it is within the Senate's power to strip away the word or spirit of a constitutional clause by simple statute. DOMA should never have passed and should never have become the law of the land. Unconstitutional and fundamentally unfair, today the human cost is especially clear and compelling. Denying same sex couples the same rights and protections under the law as enjoyed by opposite sex couples has absolutely nothing to do with defending marriage. This lawsuit is a necessary step in ensuring everyone in Massachusetts can live their lives and raise their families secure in the knowledge that their commitment to each other doesn't make them any less an American than their heterosexual families, friends and neighbors," Kerry continued.

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