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Family Equality Council Statement On Historic Federal Appeals Court Ruling on DOMA
Federal Definition Of “Marriage” & “Spouse” Deemed Unconstitutional
Washington, DC – (May. 31, 2012) – Family Equality Council, which connects, supports, and represents the one million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents raising two million children in the U.S., today released the following statement on today’s decision by a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that the federal definition of “marriage” and “spouse” is unconstitutional.
“This is a historic day for LGBT couples and families in Massachusetts and all over the United States. We applaud our partners at GLAD on this huge victory,” said Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director. “It’s clear that the tide is turning on this issue and we are eager for the day that this law is no longer a barrier to all families being able to realize the American dream.”