Obama to Supreme Court: Get Rid of DOMA

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Gay Rights Activists carry a rainbow flag on the West Lawn of the US Capitol Building during a protest October 11, 2009 in Washington, DC.

The Obama administration called on the U.S. Supreme Court  to declare the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional on Friday. The stand marks the first time a president has endorsed same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court. The legal brief presented by U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli urges the court to uphold a federal appeals court ruling that found DOMA unconstitutional. "The law denies to tens of thousands of same-sex couples who are legally married under state law an array of important federal benefits that are available to legally married opposite-sex couples," wrote Verrilli. The justices will hear the case on March 27.