Government drops defense of anti-gay-marriage law (AP) – 42th Edition

24 02 2011

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2011 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder speaks in Indianapolis. In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)AP – President Barack Obama ordered his administration on Wednesday to stop defending the constitutionality of a federal law that bans recognition of gay marriage, a policy reversal that could have major implications for the rights and benefits of gay couples and reignite an emotional debate for the 2012 presidential campaign.

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