Tag Archives: Massachusetts

Mass. first state to sue feds over marriage law

Just in case you didn’t know. I still cannot believe this is happening. It’s very good news, IMHO.



BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts sued the U.S. government on Wednesday to seek federal marriage benefits for about 16,000 gay and lesbian couples who have wed since the state became the nation’s first to legalize same-sex marriage.

The state is challenging the constitutionality of the federal 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, saying it denies “essential rights and protections” to married gay couples.