BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts is suing the federal government over
a law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
State Attorney General Martha Coakley filed the lawsuit
Wednesday in federal court in Boston. It says the federal Defense
of Marriage Act interferes with the right of Massachusetts to
define marriage as it sees fit.
The 1996 federal law denies federal recognition of gay marriage.
Massachusetts was the first state to allow the practice.
The Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders has already
sued over the federal law. It says it discriminates against gay
couples and is unconstitutional because it denies them access to
federal benefits that other married couples receive.