Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church

Obama Administration Ends Support for the Defense of Marriage Act

February 23rd, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Some excerpts form the NY Times:

“WASHINGTON — President Obama, in a major legal policy shift, has directed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act — the 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages — against lawsuits challenging it as unconstitutional.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday saying that the Justice Department will now take the position in court that the act should be struck down as a violation of same-sex couples’ rights to equal protection under the law.

“The president and I have concluded that classifications based on sexual orientation warrant heightened scrutiny and that, as applied to same-sex couples legally married under state law,” a crucial provision of the act is unconstitutional, Mr. Holder wrote.

The president has long said he opposes the Defense of Marriage Act, even as his administration has until now worked to uphold the act’s constitutionality. He has also favored civil unions over gay marriage, much to the consternation of the gay rights advocates who generally support him, but has also said on several recent occasions that his views on gay marriage are “evolving.”

Wednesday’s announcement seemed, to many, to bring him one step closer to reversing his position on gay marriage.”

Any Obama supporters beginning to regret that decision yet?

Tags: ,


3 Responses to “Obama Administration Ends Support for the Defense of Marriage Act”

  1. Kevin says:

    It’s bogus that they can do that. The President’s power is to uphold the law whether he likes it or not. It sets poor precedence if the President is allowed to choose which laws he will protect or not.

  2. Louis E. says:

    I voted for him,I regret his stand on this,but I’m not happy voting for anti-abortionists,as readers here know full well.And as long as the parties remain so polarized as to force a population that prefers abortion to be legal and marriages to be male-female to choose between anti-abortionists and same-sex marriage supporters,there will be a lot of unhappy voters.

  3. Ben Anderson says:

    as readers here know full well.

    Yes, we know Loius 🙂

Leave a Reply

Log in | Register

You must be logged in to post a comment.

-Return to main page-