U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro, Attorney General Martha Coakley Win Today’s Internet

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BOSTON — A U.S. judge in Boston has ruled that a federal gay
marriage ban is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right
of a state to define marriage.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro
on Thursday ruled in favor of gay couples’ rights in two separate
challenges to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA.

state had argued the law denied benefits such as Medicaid to gay
married couples in Massachusetts, where same-sex unions have been legal
since 2004.

Tauro agreed, and said the act forces Massachusetts to discriminate against its own citizens.

federal government, by enacting and enforcing DOMA, plainly encroaches
upon the firmly entrenched province of the state, and in doing so,
offends the Tenth Amendment. For that reason, the statute is invalid,”
Tauro wrote in a ruling in a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha

Coakley may have been a shit candidate for Senate, but damn if she didn’t do a job here.


2 thoughts on “U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro, Attorney General Martha Coakley Win Today’s Internet

  1. virgotex says:

    a specific point re Coakley. Watching the news coverage of this last night, as I often do, while simultaneously reading people’s live tweeted responses to same in my timeline, I saw more than a couple of responses — by people I know to be intelligent–turning the story on its head to lambaste Coakley. The fuck?!
    Like you said, she was a shitty, perhaps overconfident or maybe just dumb, candidate, but that doesn’t foul or otherwise render less historic, this decision and the actions leading up to it.

  2. BlakNo1 says:

    As a citizen of MA, I say credit where it’s due.
    Good job, Madame AG.

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