February 24, 2011

The Obama administration orders DOJ to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court

Just a couple weeks after I blogged about the fact that due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same sex married couples and domestic partners aren't allowed to file joint bankruptcy cases and must file separately, thus paying twice the filing fees of hetero couples, it looks like DOMA is well on its way to being repealed.  On 2/23/11 President Obama ordered the DOJ to stop defending DOMA in federal court.  Bankruptcy is federal.  This means that if I were to file a joint case for a same sex couple who is lawfully married (or perhaps even domestic partnered), it would probably not be met with any resistance from the feds.