Justice Department Weighs In On Gay Marriage

The Justice Department has asked a Boston judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit claims the act wrongly denies gay couples access to federal benefits given to other married couples.

In court documents filed Friday, the Justice Department makes it clear the Obama administration thinks the law is discriminatory and should be repealed. But the department said it was defending the statute because the law is "constitutionally permissible."

The 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act bars federal recognition of gay unions and denies gay couples access to pensions, health insurance and other government benefits.

Seven gay couples and three widowers from Massachusetts filed the challenge to the law earlier this year.


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  • by L WORD Location: HAVELOCK on Sep 30, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    HEY WERE THE STORY North Carolina Gay Pride 2009 - Durham Gay Pride 2009 - Raleigh Gay Pride 2009 Celebrating the North Carolina Pride Festival in Durham and Nightfest in Raleigh LETS Weighs In
  • by L WORD Location: HAVELOCK on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    THERE A DIFFRENCE IN BEING GAY LESBIAN THAN BEING BI . PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THE DIFFRENCE A BOND IS A BOND IF A COUPLE WISHISHING TO JOIN AND BE FAITHFULL .. WELL I SAY FAITHFULL IS A VERY GREAT THING WE ALL WANT IS IT NOT . TO TRUST A PARTNER RIGHT .
  • by JACKPOT Location: AYDEN on Sep 25, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    There is more to worry about than two gay people getting merried,like bad cops or the cover up of bad cops
  • by ???????? Location: Eastern, NC on Sep 20, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    To Obama Snake Oil Co....I can assure you that who you like IS NOT always a choice!!! I have struggled my whole life trying to hide my feelings because of people like you. I don't want to be out, but don't want to be bashed because of what feels natural to me!!! I just want you to know that it IS NOT always a choice!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 19, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    I'm really tired of reading/hearing about challenges the to heterosexual marriage. It is between a man and woman. If you don't understand this, talk with your parents or get help. If you want to marry, go to Amsterdam so you can see this enlightened living and live the disgusting lifestyle you choose. Just, don't do it here. If you agree with this lifestyle, go to California where fruits and nuts are allowed. At least keep some values for NC people, its bad enough the envelope is pushed as it is.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Sep 19, 2009 at 02:08 PM
    Supporter: I agree they should have "all of the benefits of marriage", including divorce.
  • by Supporter Location: NC on Sep 19, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    I'm really tired of reading/hearing about gays/lesbians who can not get married or get the same benefits and straight people. Gays and lesbians are people just like any other. They deserve a chance at happiness and all of the benefits of marriage. Society just needs to stop discriminating against them.
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