In a move that caught same-sex marriage advocates by surprise, the U.S. Trustee for the Bankruptcy Court, a division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), has filed notice that it intends to appeal a June 13 federal bankruptcy court ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional.
... Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for CitizenLink, said that the administration is sending mixed signals.
“What appears counterintuitive to many,” Hausknecht said, “is that the DOJ is now signaling that DOMA — a law it disagrees with, remember, should be applicable when deciding the meaning of other federal laws in administrative-type hearings such as bankruptcy and immigration.
“The duplicity is perplexing.”