Federal enforcement of marriage act is changing

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July 25, 2011

"President Obama says the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and he wants Congress to repeal it. But until a court strikes the law down, he says, he will continue to enforce it, denying federal benefits to same-sex couples.

"That enforcement policy, however, is undergoing changes.

"'We are seeing a not wholly consistent approach,' said Jon Davidson, legal director of the gay rights group Lambda Legal, which represents Golinski in federal court. 'The actions taken by the administration are evolving, just like the president's position on marriage equality.'"

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