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House Leaders Appeal DOMA Case to Supreme Court

Leaders from the House of Representatives have filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  The House leaders took the unusual step of mounting a legal defense of DOMA after the Justice Department announced that it would not defend DOMA against constitutional challenges.  The current petition asks the Court to hear an appeal of a 1st Circuit decision that struck down DOMA as unconstitutional.