Rights groups file lawsuits challenging Defense of Marriage Act

[JURIST] The Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed separate federal lawsuits Tuesday challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. In GLAD’s lawsuit [text, PDF; press release], several plaintiffs are challenging the denial of certain marriage benefits and protections that are available to similarly situation heterosexual couples in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont. The plaintiffs have been denied these benefits because, according to DOMA, "’spouse’ refers…

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