Federal judge upholds court decision allowing same-sex marriage in Massachusetts

An attempt to block legal same-sex marriages from taking place in Massachusetts next week failed when a federal judge rejected arguments presented in court by groups in favor of maintaining traditional marriage.

The Catholic Action League joined the Liberty Counsel, 11 state legislators and a number of conservative groups in presenting a petition to U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro Wednesday.

The groups argued that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court overstepped its authority when it ruled in November that same-sex marriage should be legal in the state.

However, the federal judge said yesterday that the Massachusetts high court acted within its authority in interpreting the state’s Constitution.

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