President Calls for Heightened Scrutiny in DOMA Litigations; DOJ Will Not Defend Discriminatory Law

2/23/2011

Press Contact:

Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Manager, Freedom to Marry
jackie@freedomtomarry.org
646-430-3925

(New York, NY, February 23, 2011) – Today the Obama Administration called for heightened scrutiny in the federal lawsuits challenging the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” and called on the Department of Justice not to defend the discriminatory law. Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, President and Founder of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide:

 "Freedom to Marry applauds the President and the Attorney General for acknowledging that sexual orientation discrimination has no place in American life and must be presumed unconstitutional, recognizing that discriminatory laws like so-called DOMA must be looked at with skeptical eyes, not rubber stamped.  

 “The Administration today acknowledges that there is no legitimate reason for this discrimination and therefore it cannot be defended under the Constitution.  This a momentous step forward toward Freedom to Marry's goal of ending federal marriage discrimination and fully protecting all loving and committed couples.”  


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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.