Holder: DOJ Will Fight Same-Sex Marriage Bans

The Justice Department will file a brief arguing the Supreme Court should prevent states from banning same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday.

Holder said in an interview with ABC News that if the high court agrees to hear any of the legal challenges to state bans on gay marriage, the Obama administration will argue such laws are unconstitutional. Last week, officials in Utah said they would ask the Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling enabling gay marriage in the state.The attorney general said such an action would be ”consistent with the actions that we have taken over the past couple of years.”Under Holder, the Justice Department refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal spousal benefits for same-sex couples. The Supreme Court last year gutted a key provision of that law, holding that the federal government should not define marriage exclusively as heterosexual unions.