New York, Connecticut, Vermont join forces in amicus brief against DOMATop Highlights Sunday, September 9th, 2012
Joining his counterparts in New York and Connecticut, Vermont’s attorney general has requested that a federal court of appeals finds that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies same-sex couples the right to marry.
Attorney General William H. Sorrell said in a statement Friday that the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman, has cost same-sex couples a litany of federal benefits, thereby discriminating against them. In the three states’ amicus, or friend-of-the-court brief, Sorrell said the three states argue that they – the states – not the federal government, regulate marriage and family relationships.
“…Congress hasn’t the authority to refuse recognition of gay marriage and essentially ‘unmarry’ couples,” the Associated Press reported Attorney General Sorrell as quoting the three states’ brief.
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