Milford resident Gerald Passaro II was one of the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit in Connecticut that challenged the federal Defense of Marriage Act. In 2012, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant struck down a portion of the law that barred same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, and the case was combine with a New York challenge that ultimately resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling a key provision of DOMA unconstitutional.
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