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Gay Man Stuart Delery to Be First Out White House Counsel

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argued in federal court against the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

Obama had decided to cease defending the law, and his administration took the position that it should be invalidated. It was challenged by Edie Windsor, a lesbian widow from New York who owed $363,000 in estate taxes that would not have been imposed on her if the U.S.

government recognized her marriage. Republican members of Congress hired their own attorney to defend the law.After the Supreme Court found in Windsor’s favor and struck down the main section of DOMA in 2013, Delery was in charge of seeing that the ruling was implemented throughout the federal government. “The administration’s sweeping interpretation and implementation of the Windsor decision has led to greatest conferral of equal rights, benefits and obligations to LGBT people in our nation’s history,” Chad Griffin, then president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a 2014 press release.At the DOJ, Delery also oversaw defense of a variety of laws, including the Affordable Care Act, and federal agency decisions.In 2016, Delery went into private law practice as a partner in the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

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