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Monday, October 01, 2012

Obama reaffirmed support for DOMA repeal
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On October 1, 2011, US President Barack Obama gave a speech reaffirming his intent to fight for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Among measures discussed that his administration had undertaken for equal rights, President Obama cited the recent repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) on September 20, 2011. In February 2011, Congressional Democrats introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, following the Department of Justice (DOJ) statement that it would no longer defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of DOMA. In September 2012, the DOJ asked the Supreme Court to consider two new challenges to DOMA, bringing the total number pending to four.

US President Barack Obama

Learn more about DOMA from the JURIST news archive, and read an overview of Same-Sex Marriage in Features.

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