When the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in Congress in 1996, the vote was bi-partisan and overwhelming. In the House, the tally was 342-67. Only the farthest left of Democrats and a handful of Republicans voted against it. A majority of Democrats supported marriage. In the Senate, the vote was even more lopsided and bi-partisan, 85-14. Again, most Democrats backed marriage. In both houses of Congress, the DOMA passed with such strong margins that President Clinton could clearly see the measure had better than "veto strength." That is, if he had vetoed the Defense of Marriage Act, Congress could have...
"Now, President Obama has refused "to take care that the laws be faithfully executed" if he disagrees with them." This is, of course, a lie. Typical conservative pundit. President Obama HAS faithfully enforced DOMA: that's why there's a bunch of lawsuits. I know, I'm using my head and that's a no-no in conservatardland. What the president said is, he won't DEFEND it in court against challenges, as he rightly sees it as an unconstitutional law. As have the courts. Yesterday added to the list: yet another judge found it unconstitutional, at least section three, which forbids the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages for the purposes of federal benefits.
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