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Equality California Hails Historic Court Decision Striking Down Portion of DOMA

2010 Press Releases

July 8, 2010

CONTACT: Vaishalee Raja, Communications Director
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Equality California Hails Historic Court Decision Striking Down Portion of DOMA in Mass. Case

San Francisco – Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement hailing today’s historic ruling by a U.S. District Court Judge, striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory federal policy known as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Under the ruling, the plaintiffs are entitled to the same federal spousal benefits and protections as every other married couple.

“This is a great victory for married same-sex couples and their families in Massachusetts who will gain access to the vital federal protections and freedoms afforded to every other married couple.

“Given that part of the arguments in the Federal District Court case to overturn Prop. 8 are similar to the case in Massachusetts, we are hopeful for a favorable decision in California, affirming that denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry is unconstitutional.”

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender-rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed over 60 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org