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Mass. AG leads coalition of states in court filing to support marriage equality

Saturday, October 26, 2013

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says laws in Nevada and Hawaii prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

Martha Coakley

Martha Coakley

Coakley is leading a coalition of states in filing a brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing the laws violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and should be struck down.

Coakley said the experience in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, shows that allowing same-sex couples to marry only strengthens the institution of marriage.

Coakley led the filing of the amicus brief on behalf of Massachusetts and 13 other states, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington state and the District of Columbia.

Hawaii and Nevada provide many protections for same-sex couples, but deny them full marriage status.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Awesome!

    Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 5:50pm
  2. What can you do for “FLORIDA”, is a load of us here that can not go tothe other states…..

    Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 6:27pm
  3. Please help AZ.

    Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 6:35pm
  4. Help Illinois.

    Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 7:55pm
  5. Definitely1

    Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8:52pm
  6. awesome FLORIDAtoo

    Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:02pm
  7. PLEASE help FLORIDA

    Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:02pm
  8. We need to add Ohio and Michigan in here.

    Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 12:00am
  9. I notice the southern states aren’t getting much needed attention.

    Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 12:43am
  10. nice now can you start a mass state ruling against citizens united?

    Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 5:04am
  11. Arizona needs help.

    Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 6:35am
  12. and kansas. kansas is about the most backward state!

    Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 4:46pm
  13. Its about time!!!! Thank you!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 6:39pm