Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Obama Admin. Drops Its Defense of DOMA; Ends Viewing Marriage as a Union of a Man and Woman

The Obama administration will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- which defines marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman -- Attorney General Eric Holder announced today (February 23, 2011).

According to the Catholic Culture website, the Justice Department usually defends all federal laws against challenges. But Holder said if no "reasonable" defense is available, his department does not offer such defense.

Holder said President Obama has changed his views on DOMA, and "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."

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