We hope you're all as excited as we are about the Department of Justice's momentous announcement Wednesday that it will no longer defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the legal prohibition on federal recognition of same-sex marriages, in court.
You can read Attorney General Eric Holder's statement here in which he states: After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny...The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases. I fully concur with the President's determination."
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