facebook
twitter
search
search

Obama administration takes aim at DOMA

Feb. 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM
| License Photo

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department has filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

The Obama administration is now pushing to expand gay rights. DOMA, which bars gay couples from many federal benefits, stands in the way.

The administration is expected to file several briefs in the DOMA case, which is scheduled for oral arguments in March, CNN reported. The high court is also set to review a federal court decision reversing California's ban on gay marriage.

DOMA was challenged by Edith "Edie" Windsor, who was legally married in New York to her longtime female partner. When her wife died, Windsor had to pay far higher federal estate taxes than she would have if her spouse had been a man.

"Moral opposition to homosexuality, though it may reflect deeply held personal views, is not a legitimate policy objective that can justify unequal treatment of gay and lesbian people," Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said in the government brief.

Related UPI Stories
Topics: Barack Obama
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Hyon Yong Chol disparaged Kim Jong Un prior to execution, analyst says
Officials debate 'when to suspend' search for missing Florida boys
In Khamenei Tweet, man resembling Obama holds gun to head
U.S. officials, Boeing believe wreckage likely from missing Malaysian jet
Gangs in El Salvador kill at least six bus drivers to intimidate government