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For First Time, Obama Calls for Repeal of DOMA

 

Steve Fountaion at CitizenLink on Obama's continuing "evolution" towards opposing all laws which protect marriage and the right of states to define it:

During a fundraising event in New York City Monday, President Obama for the first time personally called for the repeal of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The law, which President Bill Clinton signed in 1996, defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for purposes of federal laws and regulations. It also protects individual states from being forced to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

“Requiring states like mine — which has one of the strongest marriage-protection laws in the country — to respect and uphold same-sex marriages from a state like Massachusetts would tear down marriage laws in the other 49 states,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.

Former Oklahoma Sen. Don Nickels, who sponsored the Senate version of DOMA, concurred.

“If you believe in states’ rights, then we need DOMA,” he said.

... Though the Obama administration has done several things to undermine DOMA over the last four years — including not defending it in court when it’s attacked — the president’s address Monday marked the first time he’s publicly called for the law to be repealed or struck down outright.