Friday, July 16, 2010

Defense of Marriage Act - #1947- Chuck Colson: Black Friday at the Breakfast Table : Defense of Marriage Act on the Ropes - Crosswalk

There it was, a front-page headline on the New York Times: "Judge Topples U. S. Rejection of Gay Unions." In Boston, Federal Judge Joseph Tauro had ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, "plainly encroaches" on the right of the state like Massachusetts to define marriage and ensure its benefits. In a separate ruling, Tauro ruled that DOMA violates the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection. Gay couples have brought the suits because, even though married in Massachusetts, they couldn't get federal benefits, like Social Security, for their "spouses." DOMA was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996. It prevents one state from redefining marriage for the other 49. It defines marriage for purposes of federal law as the union of one man and one woman. Under DOMA, a state may define marriage however it wants, but the impact of that definition is limited to that state's law. DOMA was hailed as a victory for traditional marriage when it passed. No longer. Unless, as I pray, Tauro's decision is overturned on appeal.

I am especially saddened personally because Joe Tauro is a long-time friend whose appointment as a federal judge I urged President Nixon to make. It's for me a very painful irony. Read more.......

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