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Attorney General Applauds Supreme Court Decision Striking Down The Defense Of Marriage Act

CONTACT: William H. Sorrell, Attorney General, (802) 828-3173

June 26, 2013

This morning the United States Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. That law, known as DOMA, defined marriage for all federal purposes as “only a legal union between one man and one woman.” The Court’s decision describes DOMA as “writ[ing] inequality into the entire United States Code.” Because the “principal purpose and the necessary effect” of DOMA are to “demean those persons who are in a lawful same-sex marriage,” the law is unconstitutional.

Attorney General Sorrell applauded the Court’s decision. “This is a good day for civil rights. All of those legally married under Vermont law will be entitled to equal treatment under federal law.” Because of the Court’s decision, married same-sex couples in Vermont will now be afforded equal treatment for purposes of federal taxes, Social Security, veterans’ benefits, and other federal programs.

While praising the Court’s ruling, the Attorney General also observed that “this great result was achieved not by lawyers and judges, but by ordinary Americans, including many Vermonters, who have fought for decades to achieve equality and fairness. This is a day for all Vermonters to celebrate.”

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