Attorney General Coakley supports same-sex marriage

In stark contrast to her predecessor Tom Reilly, Attorney General Martha Coakley told members of the Mass Lesbian and Gay Bar Association that she would challenge the constitutionality of a ban on same-sex marriage, should the voters approve it in November 2008. The Boston Globe (5/12/07) reported that in her speech, Coakley noted the success of more than 8500 same-sex marriages. She said, “the sky has not fallen, life goes on. The institution of marriage is alive and well in the Commonwealth. . . . It has been made more inclusive. I think a seamless integration of an ancient institution with the modern but welcome recognition of the reality of the diversity of sexual orientation has made our state stronger.”

The LGBT community has a strong ally in Attorney General Coakley.

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