24 February 2011

Obama, Justice Department declare DOMA unconstitutional

Good news from the Justice Department:

Yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that President Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the court system, having determined that it is discriminatory, and therefore unconstitutional.

It's about time! After all, just last month they had filed an appeal in response to two U.S. District Court rulings that DOMA was unconstitutional. So this is a welcome flip-flop.

This is a good first step towards dissolving DOMA. After all, we can't expect Congress to overturn DOMA any time soon. So now it's up to the courts, where it will probably remain tied up for some time - probably all the way to the Supreme Court, where anything could happen.

Regardless, it is a notable step forward towards equality.

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