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23 Feb 11: Obama Administration Drops Legal Defense of 'Marriage Act'-Unconstitutional Act, he says
ABC ^ | 23 Feb 11 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 04/02/2012 1:47:34 PM PDT by xzins

President Obama has instructed the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which has since 1996 banned federal recognition of same-sex unions.

The announcement was made in a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder to congressional leaders in relation to two lawsuits, Pedersen v. OPM and Windsor v. United States, which challenge a section of DOMA that defines marriage for federal purposes as only between one man and one woman.

Obama "has made the determination," Holder wrote, that Section 3 "as applied to same-sex couples who are legally married under state law, violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment."

Holder wrote that the president has instructed government lawyers to no longer defend the law in those two lawsuits.

However, administration officials pledged to continue to enforce the law, which remains in effect unless Congress repeals it or a court strikes it down.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: constitution; doma; notbreakingnews; obama; opportunist; unconstitutional
APPARENTLY, Obama has no problem with the court striking down acts of Congress that HE THINKS are unconstitutional.
1 posted on 04/02/2012 1:47:45 PM PDT by xzins
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To: xzins

I don’t care who the Republican nominee is, if we give this clown four more years we deserve everything he is going to dish out.


2 posted on 04/02/2012 1:51:09 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“I don’t care who the Republican nominee is, if we give this clown four more years we deserve everything he is going to dish out.”

I agree, and I’ll be here to remind those that said they’d stay home... as long as I’m allowed to post.


3 posted on 04/02/2012 1:52:34 PM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: xzins

Pharaoh Obama speeks; So is it said, So let it be written. So says mighty Pharaoh Obama.


4 posted on 04/02/2012 1:53:26 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: xzins

Now he’s not a fan of laws being treated as laws.

He was saying just the opposite about his Government Control of Healthcare law.


5 posted on 04/02/2012 1:57:22 PM PDT by DNA.2012
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To: xzins

Looks like constitutional scholar The Won sees no need for the Supremes! Like his recent “unprecedented action” speech.


6 posted on 04/02/2012 1:58:24 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: xzins

So it’s not unconstitutional to prevent states from being forced to accept two guys or two girls being “married” from some other state.

But it’s perfectly constitutional to force people to buy health insurance?


7 posted on 04/02/2012 2:02:50 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm supporting Newt.)
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To: SandRat
Pharaoh Obama speeks; So is it said, So let it be written. So says mighty Pharaoh Obama.

Pharaoh Obama is an overrated mutton head.

8 posted on 04/02/2012 2:05:04 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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Oops! That should read “So it’s unconstitutional...”


9 posted on 04/02/2012 2:07:33 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm supporting Newt.)
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To: xzins

isn’t this old news?


10 posted on 04/02/2012 2:07:40 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: xzins

This clown seems to think the SCOTUS is irrelevant. If something is Constitutional (DOMA) they dare not say that it is. If something may be declared Unconstitutional (Obamacare) they dare not declare it so.

When will the Congress also be declared irrelevant? The country needs only the Won and his cronies, according to him. The rest of us can just go back to the salt mines to slave to support their fun and games and the Worst Lady’s wardrobe. s/off


11 posted on 04/02/2012 2:08:57 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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Speaker Boehner, are you listening?

The Constitution provides for the Executive Branch to carry out the duly-made laws enacted by Congress and President of this country. Failure to do so is in breach of that document, impeachable.

When will you start upholding your own part of the Constitution and initiate impeachment proceedings?


12 posted on 04/02/2012 2:14:26 PM PDT by bestintxas (Somewhere in Kenya, a Village is missing its Idiot.)
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To: bestintxas

It does not good to call out Boehner. He is the mega RINO CEO of the GOP Elite. Completely worthless. Absolutely needs to go.


13 posted on 04/02/2012 2:20:17 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
If Obama can make "recess appointments" when the Senate is not in recess, why should he think there are any limits to his power?

John Marshall created the rule that the Supreme Court has the final say on whether a law is constitutional or not...but he clearly meant there to be an unwritten proviso "unless there is a really brilliant President in the White House, in which case he will decide."

14 posted on 04/02/2012 2:20:58 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Doesn’t his oath of office compel him to uphold and defend the laws of our nation?

And, until the law is changed and in violation of his oath, is his refusal to uphold and defend the laws of our nation an impeachable offense?

Of course it is.


15 posted on 04/02/2012 3:21:24 PM PDT by Seaside ((Eternity lasts for a really, really long time, especially towards the end))
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mark


16 posted on 04/02/2012 4:09:26 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: xzins

Someone needs to tell him he is not the Chief Justice - or any justice, for that matter.


17 posted on 04/02/2012 5:41:23 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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