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Gov't drops defense of anti-gay marriage law

By Pete Yost

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday that it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.

Attorney General Eric Holder said President Barack Obama has concluded that the administration cannot defend the federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. He noted that the congressional debate during passage of the Defense of Marriage Act "contains numerous expressions reflecting moral disapproval of gays and lesbians and their intimate and family relationships - precisely the kind of stereotype-based thinking and animus the (Constitution's)Equal Protection Clause is designed to guard against."

The Justice Department had defended the act in court until now.

"Much of the legal landscape has changed in the 15 years since Congress passed" the Defense of Marriage Act, Holder said in a statement. He noted that the Supreme Court has ruled that laws criminalizing homosexual conduct are unconstitutional and that Congress has repealed the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Holder wrote to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, that Obama has concluded the Defense of Marriage Act fails to meet a rigorous standard under which courts view with suspicion any laws targeting minority groups who have suffered a history of discrimination.

The attorney general said the Justice Department had defended the law in court until now because the government was able to advance reasonable arguments for the law based on a less strict standard.

At a December news conference, in response to a reporters' question, Obama revealed that his position on gay marriage is "constantly evolving." He has opposed such marriages and supported instead civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. The president said such civil unions are his baseline — at this point, as he put it.

"This is something that we're going to continue to debate, and I personally am going to continue to wrestle with going forward," he said.

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  1. Comment by LuLu
    February 23, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    This is a typical poorly written story by the Associated Press.  They leave out the fact that DOMA was signed by Bill Clinton in 1996.
     
    AP also leaves out that a president does not have the right to pick and choose which law the United States Justice Dept. will enforce.  He does not have the right to decide that a law passed by Congress is unconstitutional. That is the province of the courts, not the executive branch.
     
    This president should be impeached.
     
     
     

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    • Dave.RockComment by Dave.Rock
      February 23, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

      I completely agree.  Where the hell does this guy get off deciding that a bill signed by  Clinton in 1996 is unconstitutional.  He is the one who is unconstitutional.  He and his administration have been ignoring the constitution from the beginning of his useless term.  He needs to be impeached.  I do not understand why he can get away with repeatedly ignoring the constitution which he swore to defend.  Congress needs to take action.

      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW

      GOD BLESS AMERICA

      Pray for our soldiers.

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      February 23, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only who feels that way. They are guilty of dereliction of duty and should be held accountable.
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!

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    • 77fordComment by 77ford
      February 24, 2011 @ 10:12 am

      I agree with you on this and they said it was in part because the military dropped there don,t ask don,t tell rule and that is a lie they were told by obama and his goons to drop it . Him and his whole  bunch needs to be charged with treason and put in military prison and every thing he signed removed from law and the people removed from office

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  2. Liberty4310Comment by Liberty4310
    February 23, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    Constitution? What constitution?  The law is what Premier Obama says it is!  He wants to enforce laws he likes and ignore those he doesn’t.  We’ve never had such an outlaw in office before.  I hope members of the House of Representatives are reading this.  They need to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.  Also, the courts need to step in and say “wait a minute, you’re stepping on our toes too.” Of course, Obama ignores judges who rule against him. And they called Richard Nixon a crook!

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  3. lizazComment by lizaz
    February 23, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    Pimping for votes for 2012!

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  4. riverkingComment by RiverKing
    February 23, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!

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  5. spenseComment by spense
    February 23, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    EVERYONE already has the right to get married… ANY man can marry any woman he chooses and ANY woman can marry any man she chooses, with the usual exceptions for age, relationship, etc… there is no discrimination or loss of rights.
     
    The perverts want a special right to marry!

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  6. spenseComment by spense
    February 23, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    Homosexuality is NOT equal to race or a biological sex. Homosexuality is very different from race or biological sex. Homosexuality is a behavior.
    Obama is trying to con people into believing Homos are genetically different… it’s b.s. They are men & woman with bad behavior. And they certainly shouldn’t be rewarded for it.

    Homosexuals need to get the problem between their ears fixed and stop whining because most Americans oppose the special right of same-sex marriage.
    Genetic scientists mapped the entire human genome and found NO “gay gene”
    Obama should be  impeached!
     
     

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  7. ibuyusmadeComment by ibuyusmade
    February 23, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Yes, the bigger issue in all these pronoucements by the administration is, they seem to have their own constitution.  Why bother with the original?  The other problem is that we don’t know who to believe in this administration.  Their word always means something else, or it is just not true period.

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      February 23, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

      ibuyusmade, what would you expect from a man and I use the term loosely as he is not a man in my eyes, said: “I find the Constitution too constraining”. He hates the fact that the constitution was written to protect the people from a government that would be all powerful. Obama does not have any qualities of a leader. What he has is the mentality of a dictator and wants absolute power to rule as he sees fit
       
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!

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  8. VirgoVinceComment by Vince
    February 23, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    OK, I second ALL this emotion, but people, you’re forgetting, WE’RE dealing with a bunch of idiot libtard left pinheads, that ‘know nothing about anything!’
    Nothing should surprise you anymore!   NOthing!
    Libtards won’t impeach another libtard!   Once again, it boils down to NO ‘spine and stones!’  It’s that simple, or he’d have been gone long ago!

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  9. New SpiritComment by New Spirit
    February 23, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    I so agree with “Spense”. HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT A DISEASE FOLKS, IT’S A CHOICE OF SEXUAL PREFERENCES, RESULTING IN A PARTNER OF THE SAME SEX. Homosexuals not only need to get the gray matter between their ears fixed, removed, lasered, etc., but they also need to check that area’s connection to the area between their knees. They are very confused, misdirected (thanks to good old Mom and Pop or the local molester down the street) and frustrated…thinking a relationship with someone of their own gender will transform an already messed up life into bliss…IT WON’T. Things just become more blurred and confusing and the GUILT builds and one day eXplodes all over someone that doesn’t deserve it. Having someone like barry o sit in his throne and dictate that the common, NORMAL, HETEROSEXUAL, must accept the homosexual’s choice of life and put up with their sick perverted ways is akin to telling a small mouse that the slithering hissing snake will not hurt them… WRONG BARRY O…AGAIN, YOU ARE TOTALLY “OUT TO LUNCH”! God IS watching you bho (and all the entitlement driven gays) …and He is taking names…
    FYI: Have had several people I worked with that were Gay…all were never happy and had this “guilt complex”. Guess they never realized their issues were more than sexual & needed psychotherapy…

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  10. oldcuzComment by oldcuz
    February 23, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    I really don’t give a fat rodents rear end whether it’s genetical , Physical or Psycosomatic, no amount of beating me over the head is going to make me feel anthing other than repulsed when you they insist that I just have to accept it, My bible still telss me it is abomnible.

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  11. LostwagesComment by Lostwages
    February 23, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    Obama and “his” Department of Justice and “his” Department of Homeland Security. The list goes on and on with “his” departments. I remember a time when they all were part of “our” government, not “his”. Obama has yet to figure out what’s constitutional more than that, what the constitution is. If he had he would have left office by now! Now he’s hoping he can win in 2012 on the Gay vote. The only problem is that a lot of states are passing new laws that require him to show proof of citizenship. So, I’ll say it early on; BYE BARRY! Welcome to America, NOW GO HOME!

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  12. AMVoterComment by AMVoter
    February 23, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone and neither should anything else that pathetic excuse for a human being does as the elections get closer.

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  13. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    February 23, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    Haven’t all you people here figured it out yet. It is not about “WE THE PEOPLE” it is about “ME OBAMA”
     
    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!

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  14. JavajoyComment by Javajoy
    February 23, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    President Obama is confused. He thinks and acts like a King or Dictator rather than a President. He certainly doesn’t believe in upholding the Constitution as he swore to do upon his Inauguration.

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  15. lizazComment by lizaz
    February 23, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    Don’t forget….WE SURROUND THEM!  We need to keep up the pressure, passing all the issues, failures and disgusting behavior around by way of information and keep reminding others of what we have endured so far.  2012 is closer than we think, and his continuing schemes and scams can only help us convince others to help defeat him. The story that really blows my mind is where a MSM anchor said there are at least six members of his cabinet (who he picked, we assume) that he has not spoken to in the past two years. Maybe we should ask the House to defund their salaries, since they don’t do anything!  Every day it’s something else…incredible!

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  17. TommyComment by one2stupid
    February 23, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    Obama has made the Congress irrelevant. He couldn’t pass “Cap & Trade” so he has the EPA enforcing greenhouse gas laws by Executive Order. “I don’t need no stinking Congress! Now he ignores the U.S. Supreme Court. I WILL DECIDE WHAT CONSTUTUTIONAL IS! He’s a law professor? I think he’s a bad joke. Has he ever heard about separation of powers? He is a dangerous man. How long will our “left wing little media lemmings” follow this dictator?

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  18. ibuyusmadeComment by ibuyusmade
    February 24, 2011 @ 12:40 am

    Tonight on a panel on FOX News, a couple of the people suggested that this whole issue is a distraction from the issues of jobs and the economy—not to mention the Middle East— by the administration.

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    • VirgoVinceComment by Vince
      February 24, 2011 @ 7:26 am

      Everything they’ve done has been a distraction for something else!  Truth is, WE ARE overwhelmed with so much going on all at the same time!   They are trying to confuse us to ‘death by overload’ and WE’RE letting it happen!

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  19. wfh111Comment by wfh111
    February 24, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    Congress needs to take action.
    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW

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  20. MorganComment by Precious
    February 24, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    I agree with all comments. This kind of action by this or any other president is going to bring God’s judgment down upon America. God WILL NOT tolerate this kind of behavior. Every time that a piece of legislation has appeared on the ballot legalizing gay marriage, it has been soundly defeated by the voters, yet pinheads in the courts, the government think they can just ignore the law and the voice of the people.

    Well, I have news for them. They WILL NOT ignore the voice of God when His judgment falls.

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  22. ibuyusmadeComment by ibuyusmade
    February 24, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Vince, everyone is tired of the legislation ramming of this administration and the Congress, but civil war will only bring death and destruction.  The last one accounted for 500-600,000 deaths—of Americans!  If we had one now, with the much larger popoulation, I’m sure it would be worse.

    We’re all frustrated with Washington, but I think you need to take a good 1 hour walk, maybe everyday, and take a lot of deep breaths to get some of the frustration out, and maybe a punching bag.

    Take care and all the best.

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    • VirgoVinceComment by Vince
      February 24, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

      I do appreciate your concern for my wellbeing, really, I do, but it’s my way of venting, I’m sure you know that, if you’ve read many of my comments!  No worse than many others, I dare say, maybe just a bit more pointed and direct!  
      I do get out of the apt, everyday, for several hrs, either shopping or visiting or taking care of business and I’m a caregiver to a young blind man, neighbor and friend, I do whatever he can’t handle himself, like running errands and taking him shopping, he loves to go shopping with me, but I choose all the items he asks for, fresh, frozen or canned!   He often has a list prepared on his iPhone.   He’s quite self-sufficient, has a full-time job, cooks his own meals and cares for 2 cats (I help, if he’s away on business, overnight or for a few days and during vacations) and cleans his home!  Been helping him out for over 10 yrs!   
      Until just a few months ago, when she died, I also was caregiver for an 88 yr old woman, across the street from the young blind man!  I did her shopping for her, she was unable to make it thru the stores due to feet and leg problems and she was ‘legally’ blind, not enough vision to drive or read.   She preferred to stay at home, getting in the car was troublesome, too! 
      As I’ve said many times, ‘I tell it like it is and call it as I see it!’   Also, ‘I say what I mean and mean what I say’ and I don’t care who doesn’t like it!    NO ‘pc’ here! 
      However, you CANNOT discount the possibility of some kind of violence, if there are enough people less rational and together, than me (us)!   But you know, it’s been a very long time since I’ve fired a rifle or tossed a grenade, it’s just a memory, now! Wonder what it would be like, if it came to that?
      And you should see some of the remarks I see on other blogs!   They are downright ugly, nasty, viscious, talk about name-calling, you ain’t seen nothin’, here, to compare!   The others don’t censor, anything! If I dare say, this site is THE MOST ‘CIVIL’ of so many others!
      Don’t worry about me, I just like to ‘stoke the furnace,’ to get others to ‘vent’ the way I do!   It’s good for the soul!
      Be seein’ all y’all in another thread! 

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    • adminComment by GOPUSA Staff
      February 24, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

      This website may not be used to advocate violence or to break any laws. Tone it down, please.

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    • VirgoVinceComment by Vince
      February 24, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

      Where’s the problem, why is this necessary?
      Other threads aren’t attacked!

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  23. ibuyusmadeComment by ibuyusmade
    February 24, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    Okay Vince.  Glad to hear you are doing well.  Hopefully, we can as a nation come up with great solutions, and avoid disaster. 

    Also, someone to think about and pray for is Congressman Darrell Issa, who is incharge of oversight.  He’s investigating the legality of much of this terrible legislation.  I believe I read awhile ago that he has hundreds of investigations going.

    May he find the truth and be able to recind the bad legislation and if necessary, put away law breakers.

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    • VirgoVinceComment by Vince
      February 24, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

      That’s all you got to say, in reply?   Wishful dreaming?

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  24. MorganComment by Precious
    February 24, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    Watch this video of Jay Sekulow  of the American Center For Law and Justice with Megyn Kelly at Fox news addreses this issue.
    http://www.aclj.org/Multimedia/Archive.aspx?t=2367182f-aa35-4280-9994-f44b5c814dbe#

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  25. zebrothaComment by zebrotha
    February 28, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    The entire liberal election platform comes from their propaganda that morally righteous,   civilized societies result solely from a politically enforced , often tax funded inclusion of a non-judgmental diversity of colors, cultures, genders and sexual preferences.  In this way, liberals are able to divide Americans into hostile polarized  tribes battling one another for what is actually tribal political favoritism, while avoiding the tax penalties and economic discrimination discrimination that necessarily pays for all political favoritism.  This creates a constant battle between tax funded winners and tax paying losers, with the result that  today’s begging of politicians to take more of our paychecks and control more of our property,  in order to pass out more  political favors,  has been completely  substituted for a reality based civil rights activism, which depends upon freedom from exploitation, not politically correct exploitation.  

    The most successful politicians  in a society committed to government enforced diversity,  are those like the profoundly racist, sexist,  heterophobic, multiculti,   Barack Obama, who are elected simply by offering a liberally indoctrinated public only the promise to  point their politically imposed  prejudice at politically correct targets.   If Republicans had even one clue, _which they don’t_  they could immediately  silence all liberals, and all the tribal arguments as well,  by pointing out that there is only one single human characteristic that is of any value, whatsoever, to any civilized society and it _not_  diversity, but a similarity, that of CIVILIZED BEHAVIOR.
    This  regard for civilized behavior as exclusive criterion for social acceptance  results in a  complete political and social disregard for  all differences in  color, culture, gender, and sexual preferences, not only ushering in real equality, but also serving as real remedy for all forms of prejudice, as well as prejudice’s  twisted sisters,  racial, cultural,gender and gay pride. Not to mention the side benefit of completely destroying the liberal election platform, which is the exact opposite of that necessary to both social contentment and national prosperity.

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