AG Mills on Court?s Dispatch of DOMA: ?Recognizes the dignity of same sex couples?

June 26, 2013

Augusta, Me ? Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills is applauding the result of a closely watched case before the US Supreme Court. In the decisions released today, the Supreme Court struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States V. Windsor. Maine had signed onto an amicus brief in the case.

?Equal protection under the law is the bedrock on which America?s legal foundation is built,? said Attorney General Mills. ?Striking down DOMA extends the benefits, rights and responsibilities of marriage to all committed couples. DOMA created a separate, but not equal, class of married couples in Maine. This decision recognizes the dignity of same sex couples and will ensure equal treatment for them under hundreds of federal laws and regulations.?