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09-19-2009, 12:21 AM
Obama Justice Department -- Gingerly, This Time -- Files Brief Against Same Sex Marriage

"He was for it before he was against it .Sound familiar ?"

A short time ago, President Obama's Justice Department filed a brief in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts defending the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defends the right of states to not recognize same-sex marriages from other states -- a law President Obama opposes.

You can read the brief HERE.

Unlike the administration's previous filing in June -- which upset gays and lesbians by seeming to compare the illegitimacy of same sex couples to incestuous couples -- this filing states right off the bat that the president opposes DOMA because it is "discriminatory."

"The governmentís filing continues to make clear that the administration believes the Defense of Marriage Act is discriminatory and should be repealed," Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said in a statement. "The president has said he wants to see a legislative repeal of DOMA because it prevents LGBT couples from being granted equal rights and benefits."

But, the Justice Department brief states, the administration is obligated to defend federal statutes when they are challenged in court and the Justice Department cannot pick and choose which federal laws it will defend based on any one administrationís policy preferences.