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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

June 27, 2013

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court voted to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) citing "deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment." This law specified that for federal purposes, “the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.”

The Obama administration announced in 2011 that it had determined that the definition of marriage in DOMA was unconstitutional, and that it would not defend it in court. Later, some U.S. Department of Justice attorneys that had previously defended DOMA, started filing briefs and making arguments against DOMA. PJI launched and is currently working on the campaign to file complaints against these attorneys in their respected Bar jurisdictions.

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