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Obama Urges Supreme Court To Rethink DOMA

In a brief filed Friday, the Obama administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

NBC News has the report:

The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court on Friday to throw out a section of a 1996 federal law that prohibits recognition of same-sex marriage.

The brief was filed Friday in United States v. Windsor, a case challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the law that legally declares marriage to be only between a man and a woman. That section allows state and federal authorities to deny benefits to same-sex couples that are commonplace for heterosexual couples, like insurance for government workers and Social Security survivors’ benefits.

Oral arguments are scheduled for March 27.

In its brief (.pdf), the U.S. bluntly declares: “Section 3 of DOMA violates the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal protection.

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