[JURIST] Leaders of the US House of Representatives [official website] on Friday petitioned [text, PDF] the Supreme Court [official website] to uphold the constitutionality of Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act [text], which limits the federal benefits of marriage to unions between a man and a woman. It states that for the purposes of any federal laws, "the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the...

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