DOJ Won't Contest Joint Bankruptcies By Gay Couples

Law360, New York (July 8, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice will no longer contest joint bankruptcy proceedings filed by legally married same-sex couples, according to a filing made Friday in the California bankruptcy case of a gay couple.

The DOJ has dropped its pending challenges to joint bankruptcy petitions by gay couples and informed bankruptcy courts that "it will no longer seek dismissal of bankruptcy petitions filed jointly by same-sex debtors who are married under state law," according to DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler in Friday's filing.

The move follows the Obama...
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