“Marriage, it doesn’t mean anything.” That’s what Barack Obama told wife Michelle while they were dating, according to her recent interview in The New Yorker. But he’s telling voters that marriage is “something sanctified between a man and a woman,” and that he opposes same-sex “marriage.” Sanctified or meaningless, which is it?
On the one hand, Obama says marriage should be between a man and a woman.
On the other hand, Obama wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which protects one man-one woman marriage.
Section one of DOMA defines marriage as one man-one woman for purposes of federal law:
…the word “marriage” means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. 1 USCS § 7.
A second section of DOMA protects the right of the states to decide their marriage laws for themselves: