Friday, March 11, 2011

Courts, Not Obama, Will Decide DOMA

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Speaker of the House John Boehner said this week that an advisory group of House leaders---including top ranking Republicans and Democrats---has directed the House General Council "to initiate a legal defense" of the federal law which defines marriage as "the union of one man and one woman."

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, perhaps spoke for many when he said, "President Obama's decision to abdicate his executive branch responsibility to defend DOMA is a constitutional outrage."

President Obama's Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said Obama believes DOMA is "unnecessary and unfair."

Thank God, we now have a pro-marriage majority in the House of Representatives.

Elections matter.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Vocal. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
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  1. Yes, elections do matter. Thanks.

  2. Could this be another values victory in the making?

  3. NPR is of course, coming from the pro-gay side of this. Boehner did in fact call a bi-partisan committee together and has their support to defend DOMA. King is saying they may de-fund the executive branch defense fund since they are not going to be using it.

  4. Again, the feds can't constitutionally just acknowledge some totally valid state contracts. Its all or nothing.

    It will be interesting to see if the paid lawyers actually argue that relevant issue, on which they would most likely lose, or if they will pander to their backers and their base and talk about 'gay marriage' and definitely lose (since it doesn't speak to the constitutional issue) but spin that into a political demagogic 'outrage' after the loss.

  5. 8:48

    Yup, it'll be a values victory for sure. However, things have changed very quickly. Sure, this issue rallies the extreme right as it always has.

    However, it no longer freaks out the moderates. In fact, to the extent that it functions as a wedge issue, it's passed the tipping point where the division now favors those who value equality. Bring it on!

  6. 9:05

    States rights issues were settled in the Civil War, guess who lost? Federal law trumps state law. That is our form of government. I hope they argue the constitutional issue and the moral issue.


    There is nothing extreme about standing up for the historical fact that a marriage has traditionally been between a man and women. You're going to lose, get over it.

    Craig in Lacey

  7. @8:51,

    You and Gary both seem to be very impressed by the bi-partisan committee. While the committee contained two Democratic and three Republican Representatives, only the Republicans supported expanding the deficit by spending tax-payer dollars defending an unconstitutional law. It's exactly the sort of action that, had the parties been reversed, you'd refer to as "ramming it down our throats".


  8. I get so very tired of hearing our President say in one way or another "It isn't Fair" or "It isn't Necessary".

    In fact it isn't "Fair" that time and again he fails to support what is the Law of the land. I sometimes wonder if he realy knows what his elected office responsibilities are.

    For being such a bright man, doesn't he know lawlessness encourages that type of behavior? Vancouver, Wa.

  9. Where is NPR pro gay? Must be something I missed- and I listen to NPR Spokane up to 24 hours a day. How much do you listen? I'm pro-life, and pro man-woman marriage, but never heard anything but news on these debates from NPR or BBC. But I get opera, comedy, concerts, jazz, big band, show tunes, blue grass, country and all varieties of music; variety shows, stories, youth music talent shows, and unbiased news. Where else can you get that kind of quality entertainment? Unfunded NPR won't go silent, but many of us, with translator service, will no longer have radio. Welcome to rural America. I think I could get Murdoch's direct TV- but what they offer is mostly garbage, extremely biased, poor quality entertainment, and exorbitantly priced. Not worth a tenth of the price, which is about what I pay for the one NPR radio station access.
    A conservative RINO from central WA


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