VA won’t defend anti-gay marriage laws in suit by Navy vet

 The secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs said May 9 the VA would not defend the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as between a man and a woman, according to James Dao in his “At War: Notes from the Front Lines” blog on nytimes.com.

Eric K. Shinseki made the announcement after President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he personally supported same-sex marriage.

The VA issued its declaration in the case of Carmen Cardona of Norwich, Conn., a disabled lesbian who is a former U.S. Navy sailor. She is challenging the VA’s denial of spousal benefits. y, it had been unclear whether the V.A. would continue to defend the law.

Read Dao’s blog post and Shinseki’s court filing.

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