BREAKING NEWS: WHITEHOUSE urges Supreme Court to strike down Defense of Marriage Act
The Obama administration on Friday urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.
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.”
The Obama administration has been urging courts to strike down DOMA for two years. Friday was the deadline to file briefs in the challenge to the 1996 law, scheduled to be heard March 27.
1. It must NOT be a "states' rights" issue, because a couple that is married in one state
can have property and tax consequences, amongst other legal issues in another state in which their marriage is not recognized if one or the other of them has somekind of financial or other legal involvement there.
DOMA must be overturned in order to prevent the creation of another legally permanent under-class.