The number of interested parties in the same-sex marriage benefits dispute involving a deceased Cozen O’Connor partner continues to grow as a congressional committee seeks to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives asked a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to grant it intervenor status solely to defend Section 3 of DOMA against challenges that it violates the equal protection or substantive due process components of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

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