Commenting on Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (D. Mass. Case No. 1:2009-cv-11156, filed July 8, 2009)], ADF attorney Brian Raum mischaracterizes the argument that the Commonwealth raises, and begs the question about what the federal DOMA does. He told the Baptist Press:
Federal DOMA was intended to give states the ability to fashion their own marriage laws, but it certainly doesn't give states the right to dictate to the federal government what will and will not be recognized as a marriage. The federal government at that time made it perfectly clear that for all purposes under federal law marriage would remain between a man and a woman. Massachusetts passed same-sex marriage knowing that, and they should have to live with it.