According to FoxNews.com:
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will no longer defend the federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The decision marks a significant about-face for the Obama Justice Department, which until now had defended the law in court despite President Obama’s misgivings with the policy. The administration’s attorneys as recently as last month had filed a court motion in support of the Defense of Marriage Act, which effectively bans recognition of same-sex marriage.
Okay, my first inner snarky response is “I wonder if Michelle knows that her husband is against marriage?” But on a much more serious level, I have to wonder what sort of game he is playing at. I don’t understand how a president (any president) has the right or authority to make such a bold move, and the fact that he has done so is nothing short of chilling. And, again, the man calls images of the Third Reich to my mind.
I really, really love the response from Boehner’s office. It puts things in perspective beautifully, and perspective is desperately needed here:
Boehner’s office was taken aback by the move, suggesting it was a bit off-topic considering the high-profile battle lawmakers are waging on Capitol Hill over federal spending.
“While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told Fox News.
However, be all that as it may, we simply cannot allow this, or any other president, to willy-nilly make decisions regarding the Constitutionality of laws, or we are in much worse shape than even I previously thought, and that is very bad, indeed.