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President Obama Orders Justice Department to No Longer Defend Marriage Comments

Fifteen years ago Congress overwhelmingly passed the Defense of Marriage Act. It was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. On February 23, 2011, President Barack Obama unilaterally ordered the US Justice Department to stop defending marriage. The Attorney General sent a five-page letter simply announcing the President's decision to the Congress. Government has long regulated marriage for the common good and the President's ... Continue Reading

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  1. SaraPalen
    4 years ago

    Did the President not have a stated position on this when he ran for office?
    If he took the oath of office under false pretenses it would make him a coward and a liar. doesn't sit well on his character regarding DOMA or anything else that comes out of his mouth. The ends justify the means. He must also be prepared then to not defend law on other "immutable" conditions of polygamy, incest, pedophilia, and all the other orientations on the growing list. How will he justify discriminating against those? no bigotry allowed! If Jeffery Dahmer were still alive, maybe some of his behaviors would be considered immutable also. Because all immutable behavior is a right don't ya know. this is just being hurtful to them if we don't give in to all the rest too! you hurtful people, you.

  2. vance
    4 years ago

    Rob, Stephen, Again all Presidents take an "Oath of Office". This means something believe it or not. It is the same thing as swearing in a court of law to tell the truth. Abraham Lincoln campaigned on abolition of slavery. Obama repeatedly said he was against gay marriage during his campaign. He is entitled to change his mind and he is entitled to have his puppets Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi submit legislation to change the law but he is NOT entitled to pick and chose what laws he wants to enforce and what laws to disregard. Obama sees himself as a Despot like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez and believes he can govern as such but we the people are not going for it. Sadly, he has millions of Kool-Aid followers who will just click their heels and solute him without question.

  3. Stephen
    4 years ago

    You are making up an argument out of pure meanings of words.There is far more to Presidents Obama's job then just blindly supporting ("upholding") the laws of this country. How would our country get anywhere if our Presidents were not one of the first to initiate logical questioning to our laws? If Abraham Lincoln hadn't questioned previous laws of slavery, where would our country be now? There is nothing illegal about it.

  4. Rob
    4 years ago

    So what is the law he is breaking? I'm not trying to defend him, but of all the reports, I haven't heard the specific law cited that is being broken or for that matter what law Obama is relying on to do what he is doing.

  5. vance
    4 years ago

    Rob, "Does the government have a responsibility to defend a law they believe is unconstitutional?" Yes, because they swore on a Bible to defend the Constitution and uphold the laws of the nation when they took office. "Does Obama have a legal authority to do what he is doing?" No, because he swore to uphold the laws of the nation. He has the right to his personal opinion but he is not above the laws of the nation. Until congress changes the Marriage Law, Obama is obligated to enforce it as Chief Executive. We the electorate need to demand that he fulfill his duties or step down.

  6. Rob
    4 years ago

    Agreed vance, but does the government have the responsibility to defend a law they believe is unconstitutional? We can argue about what his motives are, but I haven't seen that addressed. Does he have the legal authority to do what he is doing? If he does, it's unfortunate, but it is what it is.

  7. Jan
    4 years ago

    I definitely believe marriage is between a man and a woman. But am no way threatened by someone else's definition. The marriage between man and woman is clear. But the message that that union is eternal has been lost. We don't mind if people dissolve their marriages, get an anullment thru the church, and remarry as long as it is between a man and woman. Let's get outraged about the fact that 50% of marriages (between a man and woman) are failing. AMEN! Let pput our energy's into saving the man-and-woman marriages we have (NOW & THE FUTURE!) We have done a poor job of encouraging the sanctity of marriage BECAUSE WE ARE FOCUSED ON THE DEFINITION versus the MARRIAGE itself!

  8. vance
    4 years ago

    Rob, two Federal Judges ruled Obamacare Unconstitutional. This is why state governors are now refusing to implement Obamacare. No such rulings have occurred against Defense of Marriage. Obama, being the Despot he is, is making up his own rules as he sees it. This action sets up a dangerous precedent. The scary reality is that the Liberal Kool-Aid drinking followers are too Sociopathic to challenge their Dear Leader and will allow Obama to get away with his Dictator move. I realize we have a number of sick perverts who applaud Obama's move but they are too stupid to understand the ramifications of dictatorial rule from the President's Office.

  9. Rob
    4 years ago

    No, I'm asking a question. Is the law constitutional? As many of the governors have stated they will not implement the healthcare law given that it's unconstitutional, I'm wondering if the same thing applies. I honestly don't know if Obama has the right to make that call. I guess I don't understand what is meant by not defending it.

  10. vance
    4 years ago

    Rob, So what you are saying is that if any President decides what law is constitutional or not, this is OK by you. That's insane. We are a nation of laws. The President is NOT above the law. The Defense of Marriage Act was signed by Bill Clinton into law. Obama can instruct Harry Reid and Pelosi to submit a new bill to overturn Bill Clinton but he is mandated to follow the law. This is impeachable and Obama needs to step down.

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