Department of Justic Won’t Defend Law Defining Marriage (Politico, NYTimes)

President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to drop its defense of a central part of the 1996 law that bars official federal government recognition of same-sex unions – a long-sought goal of gay-rights activists.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/50049.html

WASHINGTON — President Obama, in a major legal policy shift, has directed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act — the 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages — against lawsuits challenging it as unconstitutional.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/us/24marriage.html?_r=1&hp

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