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FreeState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 03:24 PM
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Coalition Of LGBT Groups Join To Condemn DOJ Motion To Dismiss DOMA Challenge
http://joemygod.blogspot.com /

We are very surprised and deeply disappointed in the manner in which the Obama administration has defended the so-called Defense of Marriage Act against Smelt v. United States, a lawsuit brought in federal court in California by a married same-sex couple asking the federal government to treat them equally with respect to federal protections and benefits. The administration is using many of the same flawed legal arguments that the Bush administration used. These arguments rightly have been rejected by several state supreme courts as legally unsound and obviously discriminatory.

We disagree with many of the administration's arguments, for example that DOMA is a valid exercise of Congress's power, is consistent with Equal Protection or Due Process principles, and does not impinge upon rights that are recognized as fundamental. We are also extremely disturbed by a new and nonsensical argument the administration has advanced suggesting that the federal government needs to be "neutral" with regard to its treatment of married same-sex couples in order to ensure that federal tax money collected from across the country not be used to assist same-sex couples duly married by their home states.

There is nothing "neutral" about the federal government's discriminatory denial of fair treatment to married same-sex couples: DOMA wrongly bars the federal government from providing any of the over one thousand federal protections to the many thousands of couples who marry in six states. This notion of "neutrality" ignores the fact that while married same-sex couples pay their full share of income and social security taxes, they are prevented by DOMA from receiving the corresponding same benefits that married heterosexual taxpayers receive. It is the married same-sex couples, not heterosexuals in other parts of the country, who are financially and personally damaged in significant ways by DOMA. For the Obama administration to suggest otherwise simply departs from both mathematical and legal reality.

When President Obama was courting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voters, he said that he believed that DOMA should be repealed. We ask him to live up to his emphatic campaign promises, to stop making false and damaging legal arguments, and immediately to introduce a bill to repeal DOMA and ensure that every married couple in America has the same access to federal protections.

Signed:
American Civil Liberties Union
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
Human Rights Campaign
Lambda Legal
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 03:29 PM
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1. Keep the pressure on!
By the end of his term, somehow, we're going to make him crack and start supporting civil rights! x(
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Zenlitened Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 03:31 PM
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2. K&R.

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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 03:36 PM
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3. tell them to STOP!!11 he's just playing CHESS!!!1
:sarcasm:

OBOTS SUCK.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 03:47 PM
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5. It's very hard to win a game of chess when you sacrifice your queen
in one of your opening moves. :(

I think he needs to learn how to play this game.
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 05:36 PM
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8. Did you intend this pun
I really like it.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 05:54 PM
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9. Yes, I intended the pun.
:P
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 06:03 PM
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10. Cool -- that's one of the best of the day
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 05:10 PM
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7. You caught that one too.
I'm the wrong gender to be a queen (reference to the first resposnse), but I sure resent being a sacrificed pawn.
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roughsatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 03:43 PM
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4. KICK NT
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 05:06 PM
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6. I wish I could say
I was surprised.

Sorry and very angry and sad but not surprised.

t/j TOM! If you see this. What was the name of the Dim Sum place where we ate lunch? My youngest is in NY now and he wants to know. I have raved too much about it.
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