Preliminary reports are saying that the DOJ will announce soon that it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. While Obama has been clear about his opposition to the law -- he had up until now refused to call it unconstitutional and said he would prefer it to be repealed legislatively. I myself believe it is unconstitutional considering it violates the full faith and credit clause of the constitution (marriage equality being irrelevant) but either way this is huge news. It makes it all the more likely that DOMA will be struck down by one of the many court challenges going through the system. If DOMA is struck down the first effect will be that the federal government can start giving benefits to gay couples in states where they receive rights. The real question is whether the court will go one step further and also invalidate state level DOMA-like clauses. While this would not force states to give gay couples rights or have marriage equality, it would force them to recognize marriages/other partnerships performed in states that do recognize gay couples and give them equal benefits. Thoughts? What do you think made the Administration change their mind?