Thursday, February 24, 2011

The U.S. government will not advocate more gay marriage ban

The U.S. government said Wednesday that no more defend the constitutionality of a federal law that prohibits recognition of same-sex marriage, reports the online edition of The Washington Post. In a statement released Wednesday, the Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration has concluded that no longer can defend the federal law that defines marriage as exclusively between a man and woman.

The Justice Department has so far defended the Defense of Marriage Act in court. "Much of the legal landscape has changed over the past 15 years since Congress passed" this legislation, said the attorney general. He said that the Supreme Court has ruled that laws criminalizing homosexual acts is unconstitutional and why Congress repulsed military policy "Do not Ask, Do not Tell '".

In this line, Holder wrote that "President and I have concluded that classifications based on sexual orientation provides additional control, as it applies to same-sex couples legally married under state law, "

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