Sunday, February 27, 2011

Defense of Marriage Act - #2678 -Groups Pressure and Expect House to Defend Defense of Marriage Act - Baptist Press (2) Bruce Hausknecht on Defense of Marriage - Citizen Link

The head of a major traditional marriage group says he is confident the House of Representatives will step in and defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, and he also brushes off suggestions that "gay marriage" legalization is inevitable. Pressure from conservative groups is growing on the Republican-led House to defend the 1996 law after President Obama ordered the Justice Department to stop defending it, saying he believes it is unconstitutional. The law defines marriage, for federal purposes, as being between a man and a woman. Technically, federal courts are not required to allow the House to intervene, but Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, believes that courts will do so. "The fact that Congress [would be] asking to intervene holds a lot of weight, and I would expect that the court -- especially since there's no one now defending the law -- would allow the intervention," Brown said on ABC's "Top Line" webcast. "We've been in a lot of discussions with [congressional] leadership, with members of Congress, and they're looking at the case, they're making a decision as we speak. I expect them to step in and defend the law."......The Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996 by margins of 84-15 in the Senate and 342-67 in the House and was signed by President Clinton. Read more.......

Bruce Hausknecht on Defense of Marriage - Citizen Link - Bruce Hausknecht, J.D., is the judicial analyst for CitizenLink. He’s in charge of research and analysis of legal and judicial issues related to Christians and the family.  Hausknecht regularly provides legal analysis and commentary for the nation’s top media outlets such as The Washington Post, The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. Prior to joining Focus in 2004, Hausknecht practiced law for 17 years.  Today, he explains President Obama’s landmark decision on marriage.  1. What is DOMA?  DOMA — the Defense of Marriage Act — was passed in 1996 by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of Congress (342-67 in the House and 85-14 in the Senate) and signed into law by President Clinton.  It defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for the purpose of federal law. It also protects states from being forced to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.  Read more.......

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