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Tag: DOMA

June
27th

MARRIAGE: Morality is going down the drain

Though our governor and national legislators all seem thrilled by the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, I find myself saddened at the fact that our state and country have come a long way, as Rep. Denny Heck exclaimed.

The majority of Americans agree with me that it is the wrong way. Not a great majority, I’ll admit, and that too is a shame. Freedom is being celebrated and morality is going down the drain. Civil unions are one thing. Marriage before God is another.

June
26th

MARRIAGE: Justice prevails with DOMA decision

I celebrate the affirmative decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and uphold the lower court’s decision about California’s Proposition 8. As a United Methodist Christian, I believe that every person has sacred worth and is due all of the services provided and rights protected by our churches and governments.

DOMA has been a source of grave injustice and has done untold harm by preventing millions from enjoying the full quality of life afforded the majority. DOMA’s negation by the court ends an era of unconscionable discrimination, opens the door to marriage

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March
27th

MARRIAGE: Court must find DOMA to be unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court must rule the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional as a matter of states rights.

The federal government has always allowed states to set their own definitions of marriage as long as they are not deemed to be discriminatory. Those states that have granted same-sex marriage have by historical precedence the right to set their own rules regarding marriage. States that want to ban same-sex marriage have the right to do so. But by federal law, all states must recognize marriages from other states.

This must be upheld at the federal level. All federal law must

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Feb.
13th

MARRIAGE: State high court has already ruled on gay marriage

Your editorial (TNT, 2-13) regarding same-sex marriage states that if a referendum overturns the new law permitting same-sex marriage, a “test case” would go to the Washington Supreme Court, and “observers” believe it would rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

Your editorial, however, doesn’t mention that this “test case” was already decided by the state supreme court in July 2006. In Andersen v. King County, the court ruled just the opposite. The Defense of Marriage Act was challenged in a lawsuit brought by a dozen couples in King and Thurston counties.

The supreme court ruled that there is no

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July
25th

DOMA: What has happened to our culture?

Re: “DOMA restrictions no longer defensible” (TNT, 7-23).

The Washington Post editorial opposing the Defense of Marriage Act really saddened me. I wouldn’t exactly call myself an old-fashioned dinosaur (I’m 44), but what in the world is happening to our culture these days?

I can remember watching prime-time television shows that had true heroes and were truly family- oriented. Nowadays, we are subjected to prime-time plots such as who can go the longest without masturbating or we can change the channel and watch bikini-clad women yell at and slap each other around a mansion that clearly no one of that

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Feb.
28th

DOMA: President needs to defend law

Re: “Obama won’t defend law banning gay marriage” (TNT, 2-24).

The idea of having a president who refuses to defend our laws is repugnant to me. If the president is against a certain law he has the right to asked that it be changed, but no president should just refuse to do his job.

What if the next president is apposed to the new health care law? Would it be OK to just not enforce it?

We are a country of law, and one does not get to pick and choose which ones to obey and which not to. That

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Feb.
28th

DOMA: Obama’s stance deserving of praise

Re: “Obama won’t defend law banning gay marriage” (TNT, 2-24).

I praise President Obama for his step forward for equality by no longer defending the Defense of Marriage Act.

My beautiful, intelligent daughter would not have awakened one morning deciding it would be “fun” to be gay to endure potential discrimination, physical abuse and worse. Now living in Australia, she and her partner, as do all residents, have a civil union which includes social security and federal tax filing.

She told me years ago she wanted what my husband and I have: marriage (48 years), children and a house with

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Feb.
24th

DOMA: Obama caves on traditional marriage

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

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