Diary

Liberal Massachusetts Fighting for States' Rights

On Wednesday Massachusetts, home to some of the most liberal politicians, sued the U.S. government for infringing on its sovereign authority.

“We’re taking this action today because, first, we believe that [the Defense of Marriage Act] directly interferes with Massachusetts’ long-standing sovereign authority to define and regulate the marital status of its residents,” Attorney General Martha Coakley

Their lawsuit argues that Congress overstepped its authority and undermined the state’s right to define marital status which has always been left up to states to decide for themselves. Of course this is a long standing debate but this lawsuit could have serious implications depending on how it turns out.

Should the Federal Government be allowed to usurp States’ rights on the matter of same sex marriage?