DoJ Re-Ups Its DOMA Appeal With Something About ‘Maintaining The Status Quo’

Here we go again. Just when President Obama thought he had The Gays wrapped around his finger, the Justice Department goes and files a brief defending the Defense of Marriage Act, because hey, that is what the attorneys in the Justice Department are paid to do. “DOMA is supported by rationales that constitute a sufficient rational basis for the law,” the government writes in yesterday’s new filing for both Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States, which follows October’s public decision that DoJ would appeal the rulings, after a federal judge in July declared parts of DOMA unconstitutional. “For example,” the brief continues, “as explained below, it is supported by an interest in maintaining the status quo and uniformity on the federal level, and preserving room for the development of policy in the states.”