We nearly pooped a gold brick when we heard that a federal bankruptcy court declared DOMA unconstitutional. Turns out the Department of Justice ain’t having none of that and have decided to appeal the bankruptcy court’s ruling… for some unknown reason. We guess it’s a slow week at the DOJ?
The Washington Blade’s Phil Reese reports:
In a surprising move, the United States Trustee for California — an agent representing the United States and the Department of Justice in Bankruptcy court — has appealed a ruling in the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Central District of California which found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional…
According to The Daily Kos, the filing by the U.S. Trustee addressed Justice’s policy to not defend DOMA:
“Although Attorney General and the President have concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same sex couples is subject to heightened scrutiny and is unconstitutional under that standard, the President has instructed that Executive Departments and agencies continue to comply with Section 3 unless and until it is repealed by Congress or there is a definitive ruling by the Judicial Branch that Section 3 is unconstitutional.”
Just throw this log onto the bonfire labelled “Obama’s contradicting views on marriage equality.”