Thursday, February 24, 2011

Defense of Marriage Act - #2669 -Take Action: Obama Administration Bails on Defense of Marriage Act - Citizen Link (2) Obama Comes Out of the Closet on Marriage -Family Research Council (3) White House Abandons Defense of Marriage Act - The Blaze

With Congress out of town for the week, President Obama took the opportunity today to announce that his Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. He says that DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, is unconstitutional. DOMA was passed overwhelmingly by Congress in 1996, signed into law by President Clinton and has been upheld as constitutional in various courts over the years. Legal challenges to DOMA are pending in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. “The Obama administration has been sabotaging DOMA litigation from the outset,” legal analyst Ed Whelan writes at NationalReview.com. “Today’s action at least has the modest virtue of bringing that sabotage out into the open.  Read more.......

Obama Comes Out of the Closet on Marriage - Family Research Council - In 2009, Barack Obama took an oath--witnessed in person by more than two million people--to defend the Constitution. Today, he shrugged off that vow in plain sight of the country he swore to lead. In a shocking turn of events, the President has unilaterally decided that America 's marriage law is unconstitutional and ordered his administration to stop defending at all costs. In an announcement made earlier this afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that his department will abdicate its responsibility to fight for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by abandoning it in the courts. According to the Justice Department's own statement, "After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation... the Department has declined to defend a statute in cases, like this one, where the President has concluded that the statute is unconstitutional... "Read more........

White House Abandons Defense of Marriage Act - The Blaze -In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage. Attorney General Eric Holder said President Barack Obama has concluded that the administration cannot defend the federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. He noted that the congressional debate during passage of the Defense of Marriage Act “contains numerous expressions reflecting moral disapproval of gays and lesbians and their intimate and family relationships – precisely the kind of stereotype-based thinking and animus the (Constitution’s)Equal Protection Clause is designed to guard against.” The Justice Department had defended the act in court until now. Read more......

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