Feds move to uphold Defense of Marriage Act in court

09/21/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The U.S. Justice Department, despite the Obama administration's opposition to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, has filed papers to defend the law in a challenge filed by six same-sex couples and three men whose spouses are now deceased. The plaintiffs argue that the law violated their constitutional rights by denying them health insurance for federal workers' spouses, Social Security retirement and survivor benefits, among other federal benefits accorded to opposite-sex couples.

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