The announcement today does nothing to the law directly. That would take an act of Congress or a final finding by the judicial branch, probably the Supreme Court. But it changes the vector of the legal cases considerably. Privately, the administration believes that five justices of the Court, including Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote, would find parts of most of DOMA invalid if the federal government withdrew its arguments that the law was unconstitutional.
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