Lawyers Journal

MBA statement on U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality

The Massachusetts Bar Association applauds the Supreme Court of the United States, which has issued decisions in two cases affecting equal rights for same-sex couples. In United States v. Windsor, the court struck down the controversial Defense of Marriage Act, which when passed in 1996, defined marriage as limited to a union between a man and a woman. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, the court dismissed an appeal, in effect allowing California to once again recognize same-sex marriages.

"The Massachusetts Bar Association has continuously advocated for equal rights for all Americans since its founding more than 100 years ago." said MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr. "This week's decisions by the Supreme Court reinforce the constitutional rights of every American, to be treated equally and fairly in the eyes of the federal government."

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