Skip to comments.GOP Silent As Obama Kills Defense Of Marriage Act
Posted on 02/12/2013 11:29:54 AM PST by xzins
Last week we noted that President Barack Obama has become Americas lawbreaker-in-Chief and few actions exemplify Obamas propensity for ignoring the will of the people as expressed by the laws Congress passes than his recent executive orders and actions on same sex marriage and federal benefits for same sex couples.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) blocks the federal government from extending spousal benefits to same sex couples.
However, on Monday, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expanded a list of benefits to the same sex spouses of service members as well as to the unmarried partners of homosexual service members.
The changes will take effect once training on the new rules is completed, Panetta said according to NewsMax.
As NBC News reported, all of the new same sex couple benefits had previously been denied by the Pentagon. They are automatically available to heterosexual military spouses.
NewsMax reports that the benefits include child care and member-designated hospital visits. They also include military identification cards, which give same sex spouses and partners access to on-base commissaries, movie theaters and gyms.
How can Obama do that in light of the legal strictures imposed by the Defense of Marriage Act?
Easy, as principled conservative Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma observed in a statement condemning the new Obama policy -- you just create a new class of beneficiary.
In a weak attempt to not violate the Defense of Marriage Act, the administration is using a play on words by saying same sex domestic partners can have access to benefits instead of spouses. We are on a slippery slope here, Inhofe, the ranking GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.
As Inhofe put it, Obamas new same sex partner benefits rule essentially creates a new class of military service beneficiary that will increase costs and demand for the limited resources that are currently available for military families, active and reserve forces, and retirees.
This, by-the-way, is blatant political pandering to homosexual activists since the new benefits extended to same sex partners are denied to cohabiting heterosexual couples.
Obamas latest action to advance the radical homosexual agenda in defiance of the Defense of Marriage Act is further proof that the Democratic Party has been completely taken over by far-left secular progressives.
At their 2012 national convention, Obama and the Democrats threw down the gauntlet to Republicans on the social issues and so far, establishment Republicans are MIA in the fight and have shown little enthusiasm for taking up the challenge.
You couldnt find the social issues in a national GOP ad or campaign during the 2012 election.
Yet the Democratic Party regularly tells voters loudly and clearly that it means to use the power of the federal government to fundamentally change American society in a way that is totally at odds with the faith of millions of traditional Catholic, evangelical Protestant and Jewish voters.
To the elite GOP establishment insiders who ran Mitt Romneys campaign, and who hold sway with many Capitol Hill Republicans, the cultural issues are the stuff of undignified Bible Belt candidates and television preachers.
These urban elite Republican insiders have long underestimated how profoundly unsettling the Democratic Partys direction under Barack Obama is to millions of Americans who subscribe to the Biblical definition of marriage and the family, and for whom the right-to-life is an essential teaching of their faith.
Yet this is exactly where Obama looks to make the most profound changes to American society.
Conservatives are starting to recognize that the Capitol Hill GOP isnt likely to give Obama much of a fight on the social issues, which gives him plenty of running room to implement his radical secular liberal agenda to change American society.
If we conservatives want to prevent that from happening, we are going to have to be the leaders on the cultural issues. That means we are going to have to drag the GOP kicking and screaming into the arena to fight the culture war Obama and the Democrats declared last summer and that they are currently prosecuting to victory -- because, so far, the Republican establishment wont fight back.
Obama and his leftists do any damn thing they feel like doing and the worthless Republicans in Washington DC bend over like a dog heat and take it. I am ashamed of what the Republican Party has became. They are no better than the God-less democrats. It’s time that both parties be dissolved, because both parties are a joke.
No. They understand it perfectly. They don't care how unsettling it is. They agree with Obama.
WHAT YOU SAID!! GOD willing we must have a new party led by patriots such as Sarah Palin and Dr Ben Carson (among others).
The GOP leadership are little more than the eunuchs in Emperor Obama’s court.
Indeed. The GOP seems to have neither the energy nor the inclination to combat Obama’s liberal, statist agenda on much of anything. It’s all rather surreal, seeing all the GOP’s caving on fiscal cliffs, Obamacare, amnesty... and the total blackout on every single issue reflecting social conservatism. You truly get a sense that there is really no longer an “opposition party” existing whatsever in this country anymore. It’s like no longer having any representative voice at all. Again, surreal.
too many gop have homosexuals on their career staff
Amen Brother, I have been saying that for a long time, and catchinghell for it right here.
Some in Free Republic still believe the GOP is a legitimate party instead of the Submissive freaks they have become.
Sure Inhofe warns of a slippery slope, Issa started and investigation into fast & Furious, and they even played out a farcical benghazi investigation, but what have they actually done.??????????????????
Where are their steps to block this Dictator?
Graham is raising hob today tomorrow he will be back kissing McCaon on the butt and giving in.
I’ll always believe that EVERYONE who votes based on benefits for gay must think they might need them one day.
These are Constitutional Congressional prerogatives. Yet no one in the Congress - despite the supposed Republican majority in the House where spending legislation is supposed to start - seems to give a damn. Thus the so-called Executive and his minions just fill the vacuum with more islamism.
“...Sarah Palin and Dr Ben Carson....”
I think you are exactly right, onedoug.
The House could deny funding for any of this, but so far we’ve heard nothing.
Can’t someone serve that chode with a writ of mandamus ordering him to carry out his executive duties? He doesn’t have the option of legislating from the Oval Office. He doesn’t make the laws; it is his sworn duty to ENFORCE them.
The GOP should be called the IOC; the Illusion Of Choice party.
They’ve been silent 4.5 years.
That’s why they are called the Republicants when I refer to them. The democrips and republicants ARE the enemy within. They are succeeding in aborting OUR Republic.
The author is being awfully nice to these people -- they don't deserve it -- and bending over backward NOT to call them what they are, which is homosexual fascists, or homofascists for short.
At their 2012 national convention, Obama and the Democrats threw down the gauntlet to Republicans on the social issues – and so far, establishment Republicans are MIA in the fight ..... You couldn’t find the social issues in a national GOP ad or campaign during the 2012 election.
That's because Karl Rove and the rest of them keep saying "these are side issues" and refusing to take social issues seriously ..... when Obama and the other side prove they are NOT "side issues" by throwing down on them publicly and challenging the GOP.
Democrats keep telling us Rove is gay. It sure would explain a lot, if his scramble to the top of the GOP power structure were strongly motivated by a desire to deny churched and morally anchored people any home in American political life henceforth, and make them into pariahs so that the sodomites could turn America into the catamitic Xanadu of their dreams.