Friday, June 12, 2009

Obama DOJ Defends DOMA

More bad news. The Fierce Advocate for the rights of gays and lesbians defends the deplorable Defense of Marriage Act:

The U.S. Department of Justice Thursday night filed a motion to dismiss a legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. . . To read the brief as an LGBT person is to be disheartened. John Aravosis at Americablog has a nice point-by-point breakdown of the arguments. But chief among them are two that strike at heart of the gay marriage dilemma:

1) In terms of federal benefits, LGBT people are not deemed a protected class of citizen and, as such, are undeserving of the same level of considerations that other minorities might get. . .

2) As it pertains to same-sex marriage, Justice argues that it's completely constitutional for Congress to take a “go-slow” approach to recognizing certain kinds of marriages, thereby excluding certain people from the federal rights that others enjoy.