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Obama Administration Correct Not to Defend DOMA

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Location: Boston, MA

Senator John Kerry today applauded President Barack Obama for instructing the U.S. Department of Justice to stop defending the constitutionality of the federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage.

"DOMA was unconstitutional in 1996, and it's unconstitutional today, and the Obama Administration made the right call to no longer defend it in the courts," said Sen. Kerry. "The Defense of Marriage Act has never been about defending marriage. It's been nothing more than an unconstitutional effort to deny same-sex couples basic rights and protections."


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