Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Breaking News: Is America headed towards dictatorship?
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Yesterday our President issued a statement declaring his administration will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)(i)
The 1996 law bans the federal recognition of same-sex marriage, defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, and allows states to deny recognition of same-sex unions performed elsewhere.
President Obama went on to state he “never personally believed in certain parts of the act in the first place.” Just a few moments later the White House stated the President is “grappling” with his personal views on gay marriage, adding that the President’s legal decision is “distinct” from his “personal” opinion. However, “as recently as mid-January, Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, in defending DOMA, acknowledged that the Justice Department typically defends any U.S. policy regardless of the president’s personal beliefs.”(ii)
Which is it, Mr. President, are you for gay marriage or not? Are you motivated by your personal beliefs or the law? Which is it? Unfortunately, we have become accustomed to this administration’s elegant double-talking.
What is more unfortunate, however, are the potential answers to some unasked questions:
First Question: When in our great country has a President ever randomly selected which laws he will protect and which laws he will not protect? Especially, since he is sworn to protect all laws.
- If you can think of such times, narrow that list to include specific times when a President overlooked the will of the majority of the people to accommodate his own personal thoughts.
- As it relates to same-sex marriages or unions, a great majority of the American people have voiced their solemn opinion against it.
- Out of 50 states, 30 have a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. An additional 6 states have statues prohibiting same-sex marriages.(iii)(iv)
- Only 7 states recognize same-sex unions, with 5 of the 7 doing so as a result of a court ruling—which oftentimes, overrode the will of the people.
- Statistically speaking, whenever the issue of same-sex marriage is placed before the American people, a clear message has been sent that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.”
Second Question: Would it be equally okay if 9 years from now our country elects a white President who secretly despises Black people, and in his disdain decides to no longer defend the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which officially abolished and continues to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude? Would this be okay?
- What if, polls are taken that indicates a change in the American people’s sentiment towards Blacks and freedom?
Third Question: What if former President Bush, had decided that since Roe v Wade goes against his personal convictions concerning the sanctity of life, this Constitutional law was no longer deserving of the federal government’s protection? Feminist groups around the world would have howled.
Although the latter two questions are far-reaching, they are absolutely valid. What prohibits our country from becoming a dictatorship or monarchy? Rules, laws, decorum, and a clear understanding that one individual’s thoughts on a matter does not supersede the Constitution—a sacred, living, and hallowed document that radically separates us from the rest of the world.
The DOMA act is a legitimate law. It was passed in a representative forum and legally signed into law. From its passing up until yesterday, every office that swore an oath to defend, protect, and uphold the laws of the land did so unequivocally. No one’s PERSONAL beliefs should be the sole determinate in whether a law is deemed constitutional or not. Where’s the open debate? Where’s the bilateral conversations our President keeps talking about having?
Instead, looking unto himself alone, our President has decided for millions what is the best course of action to take. Regardless of how one feels about this “particular” President, no thinking-American should ever want one person to be the sole litmus test upon which our freedoms are determined! President Obama was voted President, not Congress and Supreme Court all in one. His relentless grabbing of Constitutional power is ridiculous and unwarranted.
How vain. How conceited and arrogant one must be to think that his or her personal views on a matter outweighs the weight of the Constitution and the people to which the Constitution serves. On this issue of same-sex marriage, millions of Americans have taken to the ballot box to voice their opinion and vote for a Congressperson they believed would represent their views on the future they want their little ones to inherit. How self-delusional one must be to think that his or her “personal thoughts” was all that was needed to override the same millions of Americans who voted and routinely called their elected representatives to hold them accountable to the future their little ones will soon inherit.
This is not Egypt, Mr. President, and you are no dictator!
”...It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—...that we here highly resolve… - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
President Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863