White House urges Supreme Court to strike down Defense of Marriage Act
Our Take: For the last two years the White House has been encouraging courts to eliminate Defense of Marriage Act, which has been in place since 1996. With the deadline at hand, the Supreme Court has received a push from the Obama administration to do away with DOMA.
By forcing a federal definition of "spouse and marriage," the administration argued in a brief, DOMA "violates the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal protection. The law denies to tens of thousands of same-sex couples who are legally married under state law an array of important federal benefits that are available to legally married opposite-sex couples."
Friday was the deadline to file briefs in the challenge to the law, scheduled to be heard March 27.
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