The Massachusetts Bar Association applauds the Supreme Court of
the United States, which this week issued decisions in two cases
affecting equal rights for same-sex couples. In United States
v. Windsor, the court struck down the controversial Defense of
Marriage Act, which when passed in 1996, defined marriage as
limited to a union between a man and a woman. In Hollingsworth
v. Perry, the court dismissed an appeal, in effect allowing
California to once again recognize same-sex marriages.
"The Massachusetts Bar Association has continuously advocated
for equal rights for all Americans since its founding more than 100
years ago." said MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr. "This
week's decisions by the Supreme Court reinforce the constitutional
rights of every American, to be treated equally and fairly in the
eyes of the federal government."