Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Department of Justice to drop support of Defense of Marriage Act

This is really huge. The right-wing Christofascists are going to explode over this! 

From the Washington Post:

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

This statement from Speaker Boner would have a lot more plausibility if the GOP-majority in the House had put forward one bill in the House that had anything to do with creating jobs. But what is it that they have been focusing on? Stripping funding from Planned Parenthood, dismantling the Affordable Care Act, etc. 

What a hypocrite!

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