Thursday, July 09, 2009

Lawsuit over definition

AP reports:
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, sued the U.S. government Wednesday over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The federal Defense of Marriage Act interferes with the right of Massachusetts to define and regulate marriage as it sees fit, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said. ...

Besides Massachusetts, five other states — Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Iowa — have legalized gay marriage. ... The lawsuit focuses on the section of the law that creates a federal definition of marriage as "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife."
This story is one big contradiction. If Massachusetts had really legalized gay marriage, then it would not be suing. It is suing because it failed to legalize gay marriage.

Those other states did not really legalize gay marriage either, because federal law supersedes state law.

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