View Full Version : Obama Justice Department Defends Defense Of Marriage Act

06-12-2009, 11:28 PM
That Candidate Obama Opposed

This is a bit of a surprise.

The Justice Department defended the Defense Of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which as a candidate then-Sen. Obama opposed, saying that the plaintiffs Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer are seeking a ruling on "whether by virtue of their marital status they are constitutionally entitled to acknowledgment of their union by states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, and whether they are similarly entitled to certain federal benefits. Under the law binding on this Court, the answer to these questions must be no.”

"The plaintiffs in this case, a same-sex couple married under the laws of California, make a number of claims against DOMA,” the Obama Justice Department lawyers argued. “Specifically, they allege that Section 2 violates the Full Faith and Credit Clause and their ‘right to travel,’ that both sections of DOMA violate the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment (including its equal protection component) and their ‘right to privacy, and that Section 3 violates their ‘right of free speech’ and their ‘rights’ under the Ninth Amendment. Plaintiffs initially filed this action in State court, and the defendant United States removed it to this Court. Rather than reaching the merits of these claims, the Court should dismiss this action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction."

Read it all here (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/06/obama-justice-department-defends-defense-of-marriage-act-that-candidate-obama-opposed.html)

06-12-2009, 11:35 PM

This is gonna be good.