To save Congress the hassle of having to embrace same sex marriage, the White House is seeking Supreme Court intervention to invalidate the portion of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that bans gay couples from receiving any benefit of marriage in federal tax law or entitlements.
Without all that, marriage is just a personal and spiritual committment between two people. An abstraction. By filing briefs to invalidate DOMA, the Obama Adminstration is provided full throated support to the concept of marriage equality, but they are doing it through the courts without a messy legislative fight.
Obama brief fuels marriage fight - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO.com