Obama's Justice Department confirmed that the 1996 DOMA law is discriminatory and that the President wants Congress to rescind the law, but impatient homosexualists insist that Obama raise the priority level.
UPDATE 6/21/09: Homosexualist documents details behind Justice Department's filing
-- From "Obama angers gays with marriage law defense" by Bob Egelko, San Fran. Chronicle Staff Writer 6/13/09
The Justice Department's filing with a federal court in Santa Ana was the administration's first statement on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that denies federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. Those benefits include joint tax filing, Social Security survivors' payments and spousal immigration status.
The law also allows states to withhold recognition of same-sex marriages performed in another state or country.
Obama called the law "abhorrent" during the presidential campaign and said he would work to overturn it. He has not presented any such legislation to Congress since taking office, however.
The Justice Department issued a statement saying Obama wants the law repealed "because it prevents LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) couples from being granted equal rights and benefits. However, until Congress passes legislation repealing the law, the administration will continue to defend the statute when it is challenged in the justice system."
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