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Gov't drops defense of anti-gay marriage law

Associated Press Feb 23, 3:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) � 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.

(ap) - So... It's now "Policy" for this Administration (Boy King Obama) to Ignore Laws that were Passed by Congress and Signed into Law by previous Presidents?... Interesting. I don't care what you Think about DOMA, it's the ****ing Law.... Get it? If this is made Precedent, then consider what a Rightwing President might decide to not Enforce in the future regarding Laws that matter to you. Give that some SERIOUS Thought Liberals. - tha malcontent)

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 is designed to guard against.

(Again... NOT the Constitutional Responsibility of the Executive to Ignore Laws it doesn't like... This Dictatorial Abomination had better be Challenged. - tha malcontent)

The Justice Department had defended the act in court until now.

(Because that's the Justice Department's Job. - tha malcontent)

The move quickly drew praise from some Democrats in Congress but a sharp response from the spokesman for Republican John Boehner, the House Speaker.

(DemocRATS Praised the Ignoring of the Law of the Land in a Patently UnConstitutional manner... Defines them. - tha malcontent)

"While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation," said Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel.

(Divide and Conquer... And it's the Left who always Cries that the GOP is going after Homosexuals, yet it's the Left that starts these Fights... It's the Left that Ignores the Constitution when it Fails at the Ballot Box as they so Obviously did last November. - tha malcontent)

Gay groups, which had long pressured the administration to take a step like this, were pleased. Ron Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, called the policy change "a tremendous step toward recognizing our common humanity and ending an egregious injustice against thousands of loving, committed couples who simply want the protections, rights and responsibilities afforded other married couples. We thank the Obama administration."

(Common Humanity?... Men and Women ProCreating is why there is Humanity at all... All else is Secondary, and in Marriage, only that which Creates us Naturally can Reflect the True Definition of "Marriage". - tha malcontent)

Obama's move may position him politically at the forefront of rising public support for gay marriage. Polling results can vary rather significantly depending on what words are used to describe gay marriage, but there is a gradual trend in public opinion toward more acceptance of gay marriage.

(The "rising public support for gay marriage" is a product of the Advocacy of a Sympathetic "Free Press" who's Constitutional Responsibility is to be FREE from Influence from any Side and give "the People" the Facts, not what they would like to have as an end result in ANY Issue. They Poll to get a Conclusion that they have already Established and this is an Abuse of their Constitutional Responsibility... - tha malcontent)

An Associated Press-National Constitution Center Poll conducted last August found 52 percent of Americans saying the federal government should give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex, while 46 percent said it should not. In polling by ABC News and the Washington Post, support for the legalization of gay marriage has climbed from 37 percent in 2003 to 47 percent in February 2010.

(I Guarantee you that the AP WAY Oversampled DemocRATS and Liberal Independents in that Poll, as they almost always do... If I cared to look into this one, I would... But I don't. - tha malcontent)

Holder's statement said, "Much of the legal landscape has changed in the 15 years since Congress passed" the Defense of Marriage Act. He noted that the Supreme Court has ruled that laws criminalizing homosexual conduct are unconstitutional and that Congress has repealed the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

(Irrelevant. The Law is the Law is the Law. - tha malcontent)

At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney said Obama himself is still "grappling" with his personal view of gay marriage but has always personally opposed the Defense of Marriage Act as "unnecessary and unfair."

(In case you didn't Know, Obama/Biden Opposed "Gay Marriage" when they ran in 2008... True Story! Had they been Honest about where they stood on the Issue, McCain/Palin would be in the White House right now. - tha malcontent)

Boehner said that Obama has concluded the Defense of Marriage Act fails to meet a rigorous standard under which courts view with suspicion any laws targeting minority groups who have suffered a history of discrimination.

(Again, Obama is NOT King... - tha malcontent)

The attorney general said the Justice Department had defended the law in court until now because the government was able to advance reasonable arguments for the law based on a less strict standard.

(Well, Apparently UN-Reasonable people now Infest the Justice and 1600. - tha malcontent)

At a December news conference, in response to a reporters' question, Obama revealed that his position on gay marriage is "constantly evolving." He has opposed such marriages and supported instead civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. The president said such civil unions are his baseline - at this point, as he put it.

(Humanity hasn't Evolved... Still takes a Man and Woman to Create Life EVER... True Story! - tha malcontent)

"This is something that we're going to continue to debate, and I personally am going to continue to wrestle with going forward," he said.

(MeThinks Barry is wrestling with his own Sexuality... And has been for a long time. - tha malcontent)

On Wednesday, Holder said the president has concluded that, given a documented history of discrimination against gays, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny than the department had been applying in legal challenges to the act up to now.

(Again, Irrelevant. There is Discrimination Against Polygamists who are ALL of Consenting Age in this REPUBLIC... Not only by Individuals in Society, but in Law and as Enforced by Obama's Justice. You watch and see what happens if Mitt Romney is the GOP's pick in 2012, how quick Obama's Justice goes after Fundamentalist Mormons for their Controversial Sexual Practices... Bet. - tha malcontent)

The attorney general said the department will immediately bring the policy change to the attention of two federal courts now hearing separate lawsuits targeting the Defense of Marriage Act.

One case, in Connecticut, challenges the federal government's denial of marriage-related protections for federal Family Medical Leave Act benefits, federal laws for private pension plans and federal laws concerning state pension plans. In the other case in New york City, the federal government refused to recognize the marriage of two women and taxed the inheritance that one of the women left to the other as though the two were strangers. Under federal tax law, a spouse who dies can leave her assets, including the family home, to the other spouse without incurring estate taxes.

(Marriage isn't Required to Rectify this and other Issues that Homosexuals face... Civil Unions will Correct these Issues... End of List. This isn't about fixing these problems, it's about Forcing Society to say that (2) of the same Sex are Equal as (2) of the Opposite Sex... They are Inherently NOT, and Nature's Design Dictates this Fact... Our "very Existence", as the Supreme Court referred to it in "Loving" Dictates this Fact. - tha malcontent)




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