Gregory Pettigrew (etherial) wrote,
Gregory Pettigrew
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I love my state.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is suing the Department of Health and Human Services, the Veterans Administration, and the United States itself on the grounds that DOMA requires the state to treat its citizens in a way that violates the state's laws, state's constitution, and the US Constitution.

88. Article I, § 8 of the United States Constitution limits the power of Congress to attach conditions to the receipt of federal funds. One such limitation is that Congress may not exercise its spending power in a manner that induces a state to violate the constitutional rights of its citizens.
89. The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that no state shall “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” U.S. CONST. amend. XIV.


http://www.mass.gov/Cago/docs/press/2009_07_08_doma_complaint.pdf

I love my state.
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