Obama administration pushes Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

Anti DOMA signsBY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

The Obama administration on Friday argued that the Defense of Marriage Act  should be struck down by the Supreme Court because it “inflicts a vast array of…severe harms” on married same-sex couples. In a 54-page legal brief, the U.S. Justice Department lays out its case for why it believes Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional — noting the harm the law causes married same-sex couples and the history of discrimination against gay and lesbian people

“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,” the brief states. “Because this discrimination cannot be justified as substantially furthering any important governmental interest, Section 3 is unconstitutional.”

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