The Obama Administration will no longer defend legislation in court banning same-sex couples from receiving military and veterans benefits.

In a letter Friday to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Attorney General Eric Holder wrote:

The legislative record of these provisions contains no rationale for providing veterans' benefits to opposite-sex couples of veterans but not to legally married same-sex spouses of veterans. Neither the Department of Defense nor the Department of Veterans Affairs identified any justifications for that distinction that would warrant treating these provisions differently from Section 3 of DOMA.