7/22/11: Obama Administration Turns on Traditional Marriage

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The Obama administration will support a congressional effort to repeal a federal law that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and woman. The news comes five months after Obama instructed the U.S. Attorney General to stop defending DOMA.

Opponents of same-sex marriage have decried the Justice Department’s refusal to defend the law as an unjustified political move. Daniel Blomberg, an attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund, called the decision “not only incorrect, but deeply disappointing, to have a politician claim support for marriage between one man and one woman on the campaign trail, then actively undermine that once in office.” ADF testified in support of DOMA at a Senate hearing this week. Blomberg said he is “confident Congress will make the right decision here.”