Obama: US Will No Longer Defend the Defense of Marriage Act

Same-sex marriage in the US (for demonstration)
Same-Sex Marriage in the US

‘President Obama, in a striking legal and political shift, has determined that the Defense of Marriage Act — the 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages — is unconstitutional, and has directed the Justice Department to stop defending the law in court, the administration said Wednesday.

Advocates of same-sex marriage hailed the president’s decision; critics called it a politicization of the Justice Department.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced the decision in a letter to members of Congress. In it, he said the administration was taking the extraordinary step of refusing to defend the law, despite having done so during Mr. Obama’s first two years in the White House.’ (via NYTimes)

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  1. I’ve been arguing for years that this law is a violation of separation of church and state. It has been religious extremists arguing from a religious point of view that have pushed and supported these laws at both state and federal level. However, there are plenty of religions that fully support gay marriage (for that matter, the historical record suggests the Catholics blessed such pairings in the the distant past) and outlawing it is interfering with their freedom of religion, which is unconstitutional.


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