Obama: Screw DOMA.
posted at 2/23/2011 1:05 PM EST
Govt drops defense of anti-gay marriage law
By Pete Yost Associated Press / February 23, 2011
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration says it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law that bans recognition of same-sex marriage.
In a statement Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder says President Barack Obama has concluded that the administration can no longer defend the federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.
Re: Obama: Screw DOMA.
posted at 2/23/2011 4:21 PM EST
Really? I mean nobody has
Oh well. To those who always raised Obama's defense of DOMA to counter a suggestion that Republicans are anti-gay-rights or to counter the suggestion that Democrats are pro-gay-rights.... that dissapeared.
Through various means, he will have effected the end of DADT and DOMA during his first time.
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.