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Coakley brief backs gay marriage

A decade after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage, its chief law enforcement officer called on the US ­Supreme Court to strike down a California ban on same-sex marriage, declaring that it relegates gays and lesbians to “second-class status.”

In a brief joined by a dozen states, Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general, wrote that the California ban violates equal protection rights in “clear conflict with our Constitution.”

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