A White House spokesman says the decision is "consistent" with President Obama's determination, made a year ago, that the federal definition of marriage in the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
Mark Himes of Philadelphia and Frenchman Frederic Deloizy meet in 1990 and fell in love, got legally married in California in 2008, and are raising four adopted children. They are fighting the government over DOMA, and determined to win.
To expedite the ruling in its case seeking equal recognition, benefits and family support for current and former servicemembers who have equally sacrificed and served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network yesterday filed a motion for summary judgment in its case McLaughlin v. U.S.
Gov. Jerry Brown and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders have joined several other state and local leaders across the country in urging the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages by passing the Respect for Marriage Act.