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“The Connecticut Bar Association was asked to participate in the submission of an Amicus Brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals case, arising out of a New York District Court Decision. The Board of Governors approved filing the brief in August 2012 because the result of that appeal would be dispositive for federal law purposes of a similar case which had been decided in Connecticut finding that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional in failing to recognize the status of marriage as defined under Connecticut State law. Following the favorable decision of the Second Circuit later that year in upholding the lower court decision, the case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court. The CBA was once again asked to join in the filing of an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court. In January 2013 the filing was approved by the CBA House of Delegates. The CBA joined many others, including Attorney General George Jepson representing the State of Connecticut in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the laws of the state of Connecticut and many other states which had decided as a matter of state law that it had bestowed the benefits of marital status on its same sex married couples and that it was an unconstitutional infringement of their rights for the Federal Government to deny to these Connecticut citizens the rights provided to them under the laws of the State of Connecticut. The CBA is gratified that the United States Supreme Court agreed with this position and we hope that our amicus brief on the civil rights question of the decade played a role in convincing the majority of the Court of the correctness of its decision. It was an honor for the CBA to participate in the making of this historic decision.”

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