Skip to comments.Obama backs bill to repeal Defense of Marriage Act
Posted on 07/19/2011 12:50:59 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will support a congressional effort to repeal a federal law that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and woman.
White House spokesman Jay Carney denounced the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), saying the administration will back a bill introduced this year by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to remove the law from the books.
Feinsteins bill, called the Respect for Marriage Act, would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights as others, according to Carney.
The Senate is scheduled to hold an initial hearing on Feinsteins proposal on Wednesday.
The policy was wrong then and it is wrong today, and I believe it should be repealed, Feinstein said Tuesday morning during remarks at the National Press Club.
Obamas decision came five months after his administration instructed U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to stop defending DOMA and represents a continuing evolution in Obamas views on same-sex marriage. In February, Holder said parts of DOMA were unconstitutional because of classifications based on sexual orientation.
The issue has become politically dicey for Obama as he and his Republican rivals ramp up for the 2012 campaign season. The president was booed last month during an appearance in New York, when he told a gay audience that traditionally marriage has been decided by the states. Forty-one states currently ban same-sex marriage.
Opponents of same-sex marriage have decried the Justice Departments refusal to defend the law as an unjustified political move.
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Oh,, yeah, THIS is what the President should be concerned with at this very moment...
Argh. Of course, it fits with the general mindset of the LGBT community that “it’s all about ME!”.
Why even bother, this will go nowhere.
“The Homo loving and led Obama administration announced” Fixed.
He´s more for wrecking the country.
Let the Fire and Brimstone begin!
He thought they had said "a man and a wookie".
Those jug ears don't do you much good when you're all coked up.
They can start with the defeat of every Democrat Senator who votes for such a perverse, monstrous piece of s**t legislation in 2012.
Wonder how this will play in black churches all across the south?
Go back to Kenya you African fagot!!!
“...how this will play in black churches...”
Obama could chainsaw his daughters to death on live television and his Black support will not drop much below 95 percent.
Oh yeah . . . either completely silent or backing him to the hilt because of his skin color (which they refuse to do with Black conservatives).
Sick. In the United States at least, Black chr*stianity is a separate religion.
Wow he went back on his campaign theme. I guess just like GH Bush’s no no taxes pledge the media are going to skewer him over this issue turn around! Aren’t they? What?....(crickets)
Since practically every minister of every Black church in the South is a screaming Red, what do you think?
I didn't used to think like this. But reality is what it is.
“Feinsteins bill, called the Respect for Marriage Act, would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights as others, according to Carney.”
What about polygamists? What if a parent wants to marry their offspring?
Is this going to “respect” there marriage too or have they not contributed enough to the DNC yet?
“Why even bother, this will go nowhere.”
The only 2 reasons I can think of would be 1) that the far-left liberals are trying to do something that their base can be happy about; and 2) the Democrats are trying like the devil to make social issues a bigger issue for the 2012 presidential elections to detract attention from the disasterous economy.