Sunday, January 16, 2011

From The Huffington Post - Gay-Rights Groups Protest Renewed DOJ Defense Of DOMA

WASHINGTON -- The detente between the gay-rights community and the Obama administration after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" was always bound to end, as that one major legislative victory gave way to tougher debates over marriage and workplace discrimination, but it's nonetheless a bit surprising how quickly the two camps have resumed sparring.

On Thursday, as Politico reported, gay-rights advocates criticized the Justice Department for filing another legal brief defending the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defines the federal government's view of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Shmaler told The Huffington Post the department was merely fulfilling its legal obligations, "defending the statute, as it traditionally does when acts of Congress are challenged."

But LGBT groups have long since soured on this line of defense, arguing that President Barack Obama could simply declare the government uninterested in backing DOMA's constitutionality, allowing it to be struck down.

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