Gov't drops defense of
anti-gay marriage law
By PETE YOST
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
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
(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". -
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
(Irrelevant. The Law is the Law is the Law. - tha
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. -
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
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