Clueless. That’s the only explanation for why President Obama not only actively promotes the Defense of Marriage Act, but defends its implementation at all costs. With utter stupidity, and amidst calls from groups like the ACLU and HRC to immediately reverse course, the Obama administration claimed it’s only sticking to standard operating procedure. He should be ashamed.
The White House today responded to criticism: “As it generally does with existing statutes, the Justice Department is defending the law on the books in court. The President has said he wants to see a legislative repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act because it prevents LGBT couples from being granted equal rights and benefits. However, until Congress passes legislation repealing the law, the administration will continue to defend the statute when it is challenged in the justice system.”
Except it’s really this simple: How can Obama tell us he’s for the repeal of DOMA, but then have his charges defend that same policy?
If he really wants a legislative repeal of the law, why is he wasting government resources — literally, the tax dollars of gay and straight Americans — continuing to lobby the courts to follow DOMA? The president has not made a single tangible action to have DOMA repealed. The Democratic-controlled Congress, which Obama says is responsible for DOMA’s deletion, is doing nothing on the matter.
Before President Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law and while Congress listened to testimony from opponents and supporters, the Clinton White House released a statement defending the bill. It was a terrible, heart-wrenching kick in the teeth, and it should have ashamed Clinton.
President Obama just joined that list of unremarkable presidents lobbying for discrimination.
The only reason we can think of that Obama would have the Department of Justice lobby on behalf of DOMA in Smelt v. United States is to keep the law’s fate out of the hands of the court system. That might be a worthwhile strategy. But the White House is not telling us about that plan, if it even exists. And if that’s their ploy, they should share it with the public. And yet, if that scenario were really true, and Obama really was serious about repealing DOMA via Congress, wouldn’t he be simultaneously lobbying Congress to, uh, do that? No wonder WhiteHouse.gov no longer even acknowledges Obama’s supposed support for DOMA’s repeal.
The man is a liar, and his actions are despicable. He’s risked every ounce of credibility among gay Americans. The man who championed hope has given us every reason to lose it.