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VA will not defend DOMA in benefits cases
Air Force Times • May 10, 2012
The Veterans Affairs Department is following the Justice Department's lead in refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, according to a legal memo released by VA on Wednesday, a few hours after President Obama publicly announced his support for same-sex marriage.
The court notice, signed by VA General Counsel Will Gunn on behalf of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, says VA will not fight Fifth Amendment claims based on equal protection under the law brought against DOMA.
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