Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Obama Dumps DOMA, Quivers on SSM

Word is (click vid below for short press announcement) that the DOJ won't actively defend challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). President Obama says those are wasted efforts on an unconstitutional law.

The White House press release detailing the reasoning is here. Other parties will also certainly press this issue to the SCOTUS. Marriage-equality supporters have long gone from terror that this might happen to welcoming a resolution, one they believe will dump DOMA.

On the other hand, Obama has not joined the bulk of progressive, liberal and centrist Americans who see SSM as the right thing, banning SSM as a violation of civil rights. Oddly and anachronistically enough, he clings to trying to make civil unions into something they are not and frets about whether homosexual marriage is acceptable in light of his very personal religious upbringing.

For a bright guy, that's sad.

Evening Update: Gov. Deval Patrick cheers his friend Obama's decision. Maybe he can convince the Prez to get with the program on real marriage equality. The Globe quotes Patrick as:

I am tremendously heartened today by President Obama’s decision to turn away from this divisive and unfair law. In Massachusetts, we believe that every person ought to be able to marry whomever they love, and we believe the rest of the country is moving forward in that direction, too.

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1 comment:

John Howard said...

Well, I oppose DOMA but believe marriage should be between a man and a woman and that Civil Unions defined as "marriage minus conception rights" should be available to same-sex couples in every state and recognized as if marriages by the federal government.

I think DOMA should be replaced with the three laws of the Egg and Sperm Civil Union Compromise. Maybe the smart guy Obama agrees with me?