[JURIST] The Obama administration on Monday petitioned [text, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] for an expedited en banc review of two test cases on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. DOMA excludes otherwise valid state same-sex marriages from recognition under federal law. = In its request for review, the Obama administration raised the question of "whether classifications based on sexual orientation are subject to rational basis...

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