The White House has issued a brief asking the Supreme Court to reject Section 3 of DOMA because it allows unconstitutional discrimination.
The Obama administration implored the Supreme Court on Friday to strike out a section from the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional discrimination.
"Section 3 of DOMA violates the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal protection," the U.S. said in a brief.
DOMA, a 1996 federal law, defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Section 3 of the law permits state and federal authorities to deny typical benefits that same-sex couples enjoy, such as Social Security survivors' benefits.
"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," the brief reads.