In defense of DOMA.

Today’s Link

The link for today is an interesting one in many ways.  Last week a federal judge found the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.  This is the law that bars the federal government from recognising same-sex relationships as legal (not marriage, relationships!).  It means that we cannot get health care rights, social security survivor rights, housing rights, child custody rights, etc. etc.  The current administration declared over a year ago that the law was unconstitutional and that they would not defend it.  Now the courts are finding that way too.

Enter the House Republicans.  They have stated that although the law is deemed unconstitutional and the administration will not defend it, they will.  So they have launched an appeal as you will see in the link.  It’s interesting because many think that the administration do have a responsibility to defend the law because it is precisely that; the law.  I think I agree with that too.

Surely now that a court has found it to be unconstitutional this would be a great time for the administration to step in AND defend it.  That way it can progress through the court system in a controlled way instead of being hijacked for the social conservative vote which is now sure to happen.  It will be interesting to see what happens next.

Big love,



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