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DOMA: Obama caves on traditional marriage

Letter by Maxine Bechtel, Des Moines on Feb. 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm | 69 Comments »
February 24, 2011 1:42 pm

President Obama stunned traditional marriage supporters with his announcement that his administration will no longer defend the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), a bipartisan federal law passed in 1996. He has ordered Attorney General Eric Holder not to defend the law.

This is sheer arrogance, and dare I say, bordering on lawlessness.

How can the president expect anyone to obey any law when he is advocating that his minions cavalierly ignore a time-honored law? What message does this send to those lawmakers (some of those in his own party who crafted the law, plus a former president, Bill Clinton), who signed that law?

One would expect the president to set an example in being a law-abiding citizen. We can’t choose the laws we obey.

The president and his attorney general have a duty to defend lawfully passed legislation, especially when the essence of the law has been upheld by many courts. Thirty states have already passed marriage amendments affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

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