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Bay Area Gays Applaud: Obama Won’t Defend DOMA, Feinstein Seeks Repeal

In a major policy reversal being cheered by the gay community in the Bay Area, the Obama administration said Wednesday it would no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.

CBS San Francisco–02/23/2011

Same-sex couple Richard Yoder (R) and William Rackin (L) of New York exchange vows during their wedding ceremony October 15, 2008 at City Hall in San Francisco (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Prop. 8 Challengers Call For Immediate End To Marriage Ban

There were two major developments Wednesday in the legal battle over same-sex marriage. President Obama decided to stop defending the federal ban on gay marriage, and gay couples in California are asking a federal court to let same sex weddings resume here immediately.