24 Feb '11, 12am

US President Obama says his administration will no longer support the anti-gay marriage Defense of Marriage Act

US President Obama says his administration will no longer support the anti-gay marriage Defense of Marriage Act

President Barack Obama decided that his administration will no longer defend a law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON - IN A major victory for gay rights advocates, President Barack Obama decided on Wednesday his administration will no longer defend a law defining marriage only as between a man and a woman, US officials said. In the wake of two lawsuits challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, which has been in effect for 15 years, Mr Obama concluded the law is 'unconstitutional,' Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. In a letter to Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Holder reported that Mr Obama has found that by excluding same-sex couples from legal marriage, the law 'violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment.' Sexual orientation, added the attorney general, 'carries no visible badge, (but) a ...

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