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NY challenges Defense of Marriage Act

Wed 27 Jul 2011 In: International News

US: New York's Attorney General has filed court papers challenging the US Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages, as unconstitutional. Eric T. Schneiderman has told Bloomberg the act violates the right to equal protection under the law for gay couples. He filed the friend-of-the-court brief today in Manhattan, two days after New York began allowing gay couples to wed. "By discriminating among married couples based on sexual orientation and sex, DOMA deprives New York of the ability to extend true equality to all marriages valid in the state," he states.    

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First published: Wednesday, 27th July 2011 - 12:45pm

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