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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:21 AM
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27. The President::
Published: Saturday, March 5, 2011

President Obama changes position regarding Defense of Marriage Act

The Obama administration's Department of Justice continued to support the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), but that has all changed. DOMA simply states that the law treats marriage as between a man and a woman and that no other state in the union can recognize outside states' same sex-marriages. DOMA has been one of the greater struggles for equality in the United States since its' passage in 1996. While other issues have been tackled by Obama such as the repeal of DADT and Hate Crimes legislation, same sex marriage has always been an issue for the LGBT community and Obama.

Last week, the Obama administration declared the Department of Justice would no longer support Section 3 of DOMA, which states marriage is between a man and a woman. Sadly, the law will still be in place until Congress overturns it and the administration technically will have to abide by the law. However, a significant shift has been made here. Regardless of Obama's unwillingness to stand up for the LGBT community on this issue, his administration is acting in accord with what is right.

Equality isn't negotiable, it is for everyone. I'm glad to see the President moving into the light on this issue and hope that the congress will move with him. It won't happen while the house is under the fundamentalist teaparty, but that can be changed in 2012.
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