No More DOMA, says Obama

Feb 23, 2011

In a sweeping policy shift today, the Obama administration announced its decision to discontinue enforcement of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which heretofore invalidated same-sex marriage at the federal level. Speaking on behalf of the administration, Attorney General Eric Holder called DOMA unconstitutional; citing that “classifications based on sexual orientation” merited the use of “heightened scrutiny” of same-sex couples. How will this affect court rulings about California’s Proposition 8?

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