What Is the Defense of Marriage Act and Why is Obama’s Position Important?


Word for Today

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth…for He spoke, and it was done: He commanded, and it stood fast. Psalm 33:4,6

Political Point

What is the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ and why is Barack Obama’s decision important in the up-coming election? I think I know the answer.

I am not attempting to discuss whether or not you agree with gay marriage at this time. I want to look at whether or not Obama’s decision matters.

The ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ is a bill that was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1996. The law allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex partnerships legally recognized in other states. It is now a LAW of the LAND and therefore must be upheld until the courts declare it unconstitutional.

What did Barack Obama do on the day he was inaugurated? Did he not sware to uphold the constitution of the United States? Article I Section I states that this includes laws passed by the Congress of the United States of America. That would include the Defense of Marriage of Act.

Therefore, when Barack Obama decided to instruct the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act he violated his oath of office and, as Newt Gingrich has pointed out, committed an impeachable offense.

It really doesn’t matter whether you like the law, love the law, dislike the law, or hate the law. What matters is the legality of the law.

If one wants to argue about whether or not we should have seen this coming, check out Obama’s position prior to the election, but it has NOTHING to do with what he has done about the law as to whether or not his position is legal.

Soon we will decide if Barack Obama should be re-elected. I believe there will be many who will vote for him because he is deceptive and willing to go against the system. If you prefer a person who understands how our government works, you should NOT vote for Barack Obama.

Barack Obama, speaking to Rick Warren, prior to his election to office said: “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix. But –”

Warren then asked Obama if he would  support a Constitutional Amendment with that definition? Obama answered: “No, I would not.”

Warren then asked, “Why not?”

Obama answered: “Because historically — because historically, we have not defined marriage in our constitution. It’s been a matter of state law. That has been our tradition. I mean, let’s break it down. The reason that people think there needs to be a constitutional amendment, some people believe, is because of the concern that — about same-sex marriage. I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions. I do believe that we should not — that for gay partners to want to visit each other in the hospital for the state to say, you know what, that’s all right, I don’t think in any way inhibits my core beliefs about what marriage are. I think my faith is strong enough and my marriage is strong enough that I can afford those civil rights to others, even if I have a different perspective or different view.”

In the above exchange, I think we see that Obama is dancing around the issue and trying very hard not to offend either side. I do not see it as a big shift in position, but I do see it as a big problem when a president doesn’t understand that he is not the one who decides whether or not a law is constitutional or unconstitutional!

For those who are supporting Obama in this decision, let me put it in perspective for you this way. Suppose George Bush, who was pro-life, had declared Roe vs Wade unconstitutional and told his defense department not to defend abortion ‘clinics’ around the nation against those who attempt to shut them down, but to look the other way when violence was committed against those so-called ‘clinics’. How would that have pleased the pro-‘choice’ people?

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About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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