Don’t defend the indefensible DOMA

The Task Force applauds the decision of King and Spalding, the law firm hired by the U.S. House of Representatives to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to drop its defense of the discriminatory federal statute. Read more.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey said today:

We applaud King and Spalding for refusing to defend the indefensible DOMA, an egregious injustice against thousands of loving, committed same-sex couples who simply want the protections, rights and responsibilities afforded married opposite-sex couples. Discrimination has no place in our society, and DOMA has only served to belittle our country’s deeply held values of freedom and fairness. No one should defend the indefensible DOMA.

The Obama administration announced earlier this year that the Department of Justice would no longer defend the law, which it says is unconstitutional. House GOP leadership quickly moved to defend DOMA.