HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials and families are planning to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

More than 20 families affected by the ruling are expected to attend a news conference on Monday at Hartford City Hall. They plan to celebrate the court’s decision and discuss its impact, as well as the “next steps in the fight for marriage equality.”

They are scheduled to be joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo, West Hartford state Sen. Beth Bye and other supporters.

Connecticut has recognized same-sex marriage since 2008. Gov. Dannel Malloy said last week the federal

DOMA prevented the legally married couples from being recognized by the U.S. government, denying them a host of rights afforded to opposite-sex married couples.

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