The Department of Justice (DOJ) is a party to the Defense of Marriage Act case before the Supreme Court, but not in the case challenging California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. LGBT groups have pressured the Obama administration to nonetheless file a brief defending marriage equality in that case as well, and NBC News is reporting that it has. According to early reports, the brief argues that California should allow same-sex marriages to resume in California, but its full text has not yet been released. Unlike in the DOMA case, which deals only with federal recognition of same-sex marriage, Prop 8 deals with whether states have the right to ban same-sex marriage. Though the DOJ brief may only speak to California, it could also argue for the importance of marriage equality across all 50 states.
Read the full brief here.