Is anyone really surprised that Obama has instructed the Department of Justice (had to laugh when I typed that) to not defend the Defense of Marriage Act (signed into law by Clinton) because he is of the mind that it is unconstitutional?? Perish the thought that the constitutionality of the law has not been challenged in court--the well-nigh forgotten third branch of government--his Majesty says so and so it must be.
After all, he and his administrative cronies seem to have a hard time understanding the concept that they are bound by oath to uphold laws, equally and without prejudice. So we've got a Department of Justice *snerk* that does not prosecute if the perpetrator is black, we've got the Department of Health and Human Services granting waivers to Obamacare left and right, and now we have the Poseur-in-Chief just chucking out the defense of whatever law he likes in order to try to gain possible votes (he's assuming he'll make it through a primary battle).
We are supposed to be a nation of laws. Laws that apply equally to everyone. If they are bad laws, they either lose in court or are repealed. Playing fast and loose with the prosecution of laws--either by not defending them in court or just plain out not enforcing them, such as with federal immigration laws, leads more quickly to class warfare than anything else would. He should realize that and the gay folks who are rejoicing in the streets should realize that this is a very slippery slope. Can you imagine the screaming if they choose not to defend or enforce the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell?
5 months ago