by Josh Orton, Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 07:31:01 AM EDT
Obama defends DOMA in federal court. Says banning gay marriage is good for the federal budget. Invokes incest and marrying children.
by John Aravosis (DC) on 6/12/2009 09:44:00 AM
Joe and I have been trying since last night to get a copy of the government's brief just filed in this case. This is not the GLAD case that we've written about previously, it's another in California. We just got the brief from reader Lavi Soloway. It's pretty despicable. And before Obama claims he didn't have a choice, he had a choice. Bush, Reagan and Clinton all filed briefs in court opposing current federal law as being unconstitutional (we'll be posting more about that later). Obama could have done the same. But instead he chose to defend DOMA, denigrate our civil rights, go back on his promises, and contradict his own statements that DOMA was "abhorrent."
AMERICAblog's got the whole motion embedded here. I'm going to sit down with it at lunch (it's 54 pages), but at first glance, Obama's Justice Department went way out of their way to defend an odious law. I don't get it.
Update [2009-6-12 12:4:13 by Josh Orton]: To clarify - I understand that our adversarial justice system places a duty on the current administration to defend the constitutionality of a law signed by the previous one. Yet it's less-than-satisfying to compare a defense of DOMA to a defense of other laws. And the language and precedent used in this motion seems excessive.