The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to find a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, arguing the law violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. DOMA’s section 3 prohibits the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples. "It is abundantly clear that this discrimination does not substantially advance an interest in protecting marriage, or any other important interest," the DOJ brief reads. The White House must decide this week if it will also submit a
brief in a pending case regarding California’s Proposition 8.