17 Aug 2009 Obama administration says marriage law unfair
Monday, August 17, 2009
(08-17) 07:40 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --
The Obama administration filed court papers Monday claiming a federal marriage law discriminates against gays, even as government lawyers continue to defend the law.
Justice Department lawyers are seeking to dismiss a suit brought by a gay California couple challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The administration's response to the case has angered gay activists who see it as backtracking on campaign promises made by Barack Obama.
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