The US government has announced that it is no longer prepared to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

The act enshrined in US federal law the definition of marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. DOMA has been one of the chief weapons of anti-marriage-equality campaigners.

Associated Press says the policy reversal “could have major implications for the rights and benefits of gay couples and reignite an emotional debate for the 2012 presidential campaign.”

Tip of the hat to Box Turtle Bulletin.

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