Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Obama drops defence of DOMA

In the last hour or so as I write this, Pres. Obama's AG, Eric Holder, announced the White House will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (Public Law 104-199) stating the obvious:   The law is unconstitutional because it is based on a narrow view of "morals" and not on sound principles of equal protection.   It's the right decision although I have to wonder why Obama has waited until now to make up his mind on this.  It won't endear him to the so-cons who voted for him on economic issues in 2008 but governing is based on doing the right thing -- not what's popular.

After all, most white Americans opposed desegregation in the 1960s -- much less enshrining the concept of equality of the sexes -- but that didn't stop JFK and LBJ from pushing through legislation that did both.

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