THANK YOU President Obama for filing Brief to Strike Down DOMA

By Melanie Nathan, February 22, 2013.

Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 5.51.25 PMActivists in the U.S.A. have hoped that the Obama administration would take the imperative step of standing behind the promise for equality.  Now we can truly thank President Obama as the administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in a brief filed Friday, declaring the 1996 federal law to be unconstitutional.

Arguing that Section 3 of DOMA, which forbids federal recognition of same-sex marriage, violates the Constitution, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli writes that DOMA also deserves heightened scrutiny because of the history of discrimination faced by gays and lesbians.

“Section 3 of DOMA violates the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal protection,” the brief reads. “The law denies to tens of thousands of same-sex couples who are legally married under state law an array of important federal benefits that are available to legally married opposite-sex couples. Because this discrimination cannot be justified as substantially furthering any important governmental interest, Section 3 is unconstitutional.”

On the issue of heightened scrutiny, the brief states thats “gay and lesbian people have long suffered discrimination in employment, immigration, criminal violence, child custody, police enforcement, voter referenda, and other contexts.”  READ MORE at GAY U.S.A. the Movie.

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5 Comments on “THANK YOU President Obama for filing Brief to Strike Down DOMA”

  1. dakotahgeo February 22, 2013 at 6:36 PM #

    This is indeed great news and bodes well for a positive response from the SCOTUS!

  2. Rod Wright February 23, 2013 at 12:44 AM #

    Great news! Melanie you were the first to hit my inbox! Super reporting, thank you.

    • Melanie Nathan February 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM #

      Thank you Rod for your support much appreciated

  3. Mary gay February 23, 2013 at 5:57 AM #

    Thank you president Obama! Equality for all! Finally. We are the last group to be accepted as first class citizens. I have been waiting so long.

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