Video of Chairman Franks: Obama's DOMA Decision an Opportunist Attempt to Solve a Political Dilemma


Chairman Trent Franks (R-AZ) began last week's DOMA hearing with many astute points, including:

"The President’s decision [to abandon defending DOMA] was a baldly opportunistic attempt to free himself from a political dilemma.  The Administration had a duty to defend DOMA, but powerful constituencies of the President did not want the President to defend it.  Politics trumped duty.

... [N]ever has a President refused to defend a law of such public importance, on a legal theory so far beyond any court precedent, for such transparently political reasons."

Watch his full opening remarks here: