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In gay rights victory, Obama administration won't defend Defense of Marriage Act

Publié par Clifford Armion le 24/02/2011

Jerry Markon and Sandhya Somashekhar

"The Obama administration said Wednesday that it will no longer defend the federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage because it considers the legislation unconstitutional, a sudden and rare reversal.

"Gay rights groups hailed the administration's move, saying it will bolster their argument that laws that apply a different standard to people based on sexual orientation are unconstitutional. At least three challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act are working their way through the federal courts.

""When the U.S. government takes this position and then is taking it before the courts of the United States, it seems to me that's a powerful argument to add to the mix," said Gary Buseck, legal director for the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders."

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"In gay rights victory, Obama administration won't defend Defense of Marriage Act", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2011. Consulté le 30/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/in-gay-rights-victory-obama-administration-won-t-defend-defense-of-marriage-act