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Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services

Federal Judge: DOMA Violates the Constitutional Rights of Same-Sex Married Couples

A Statement from NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter (San Francisco, CA, July 8, 2010)—Today, in the cases Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services, which challenge the constitutionality of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), Judge Joseph Tauro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled that the denial of federal rights and benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples is...

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