Skip to comments.Obama, touting gay marriage stance, calls for repeal of Defense of Marriage Act
Posted on 05/15/2012 9:18:22 AM PDT by pabianice
President Obama openly spoke of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act at a fundraiser Monday, as he defended his personal view that gay couples should have the right to marry.
While his administration has put out statements on the idea of repealing the 1996 federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, it's unusual for Obama to call for its repeal.
He did so Monday as one of a list of policy goals for what he hopes will be a second term, along with passing the immigration legislation known as the Dream Act, reforming Wall Street and investing in schools.
"We have never gone wrong when we expanded rights and responsibilities to everybody," Obama said. "That doesn't weaken families, that strengthens families."
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/14/obama-calls-for-repeal-defense-marriage-act-while-touting-support-for-gay/#ixzz1uxH2Nx4t
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
He is also on record as having said gay marriage is not a civil right.
What a great way to motivate social conservatives and previously disinterested in the Republican party to get behind Mitt Romney.
His support of gay marriage looks like cynical politics to everyone else. He gained nothing from it.
The press can call this historic if they want, but I think Obama screwed up big time.
This will be the inflection point when we look back on this election after Romney wins.
I believe he is trying to lose. People without jobs, hungry, and losing their houses, and he’s worried about people who are doing something wrong getting supposedly married? He is either totally stupid or he is trying to put enough stuff out there to ensure that he loses.
I’m thinkin’ ‘desperate’, heheh.
I tend to agree. Internal polling may be worse than the public poling we see. So, he tried to buck up a group that appeared to have dropped off in support. A group that realistically, makes up around 2% of the population. But if he really is desperate, then that's a bad omen in itself. This man is fully capable of desperate acts, and in a position to be despotic as well.
Anything to keep the headlines away from the lousy economy, high unemployment numbers, federal debt and deficit, rising gas prices, lousy foreign policy, and the fact WE ARE NOT better off today than we were four years ago.
Obama is touting the fact that he is not enforcing parts of DOMA and will no longer defend it in the courts. He took an oath to enforce the laws of this nation. He should be impeached for his selective enforcement of a law that was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed by Clinton. What arrogance!!
I guess this is THE major theme of obama’s campaign. Amazing and incredible. It might well cost him re-election...a thought which seemed sketchy only six weeks or so ago.
I’m beginning to hope that failure to bring forward articles of impeachment will lead to Boehner not being re-elected.
The majority of the country is against gay “marriage”. Marriage has always been defined as a union between a man and a woman since the days of Genesis. The founding fathers would have scoffed at such issues being introduced into the public
controversy. It would not have been mentioned or the involved would have been hanged, which wasn’t against the Constitution at that time. The Constitution is not a “Living Document” like the left would say. It is the embodiment of truths that do not alter or have to change due to “progress”. If you can’t stand for anything you will fall for everything. Cant stand liberals. I am old, and can’t stant for the corruption of the basic morals handed down from untold generations before.
Do it, Barky! DO IT!
And make sure you tell everyone what that would mean.
If homos get “married” in Massassachusettes,
people in Oklahoma MUST recognize their “marriage” as well.
How can Obama hang himself when the GOP lacks the cajones to even call him out on what he is doing? And if Obama is reelected, we will be told that nothing can be done because the people support Obama and nothing can be gained from pursuing this abuse of Executive Branch power. Anyone who goes against Obama then will be seen as trying to undo an election result.
We have heard these same old tired arguments from Boehner and the rest of the GOP leadership in Congress. They failed to achieve any budget reductions despite the 2010 midterm results. The GOP caved in the 2010 lame duck session and in the budget fights over the budget ceiling and other budget battles. They gave Obama the 2% reduction in the payroll tax for two years in a row and extended unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks. And since the 2010 midterms, we have not achieved one cent of reduction in spending. In fact, the spending continues to increase each year.
I’m holding my nose as I type one-handed—GONNA HAVE TO VOTE FOR ROMNEY, NOW, DAMMIT.
DOMA will be struck down by SCOTUS anyway. It is on a very shaky ground, and in my own personal gut belief, unconstitutional.
We already have laws defining marriage applying to such things as age, incest, bigamy, etc. Once you open the definition of marriage open to whatever anyone wants to define it to be, you will have chaos. Muslims are allowed to have four wives. Why should a brother and sister or two brothers not be allowed to marry? Why can't a man marry a 12 year old boy?
Obviously, society has to set limits on marriage. It is just a matter of what the limits are and who decides it. Gay marriage is only legal in 10 countries. It is not exactly a widespread view, domestically or globally.
H.R.3396 — Defense of Marriage Act (Enrolled Bill [Final as Passed Both House and Senate] - ENR)
One Hundred Fourth Congress
United States of America
AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
the third day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-six
To define and protect the institution of marriage.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Defense of Marriage Act’.
SEC. 2. POWERS RESERVED TO THE STATES.
(a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 115 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding after section 1738B the following:
`Sec. 1738C. Certain acts, records, and proceedings and the effect thereof
`No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.’.
(b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 115 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1738B the following new item:
`1738C. Certain acts, records, and proceedings and the effect thereof.’.
SEC. 3. DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE.
(a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
`Sec. 7. Definition of `marriage’ and `spouse’
`In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word `marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word `spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.’.
(b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 6 the following new item:
`7. Definition of `marriage’ and `spouse’.’.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.
The portion of DOMA that says other states don’t have to honor marriages that take place in states that allow gay marriage is in my view unconstitutional.
I am not a supporter of gay marriage. Just stating my view on this provision of DOMA.
I think he’s being blackmailed. Someone in the LGB community has the goods on him. Not that I give any credence to Larry Sinclair.