AG Eric Holder Refuses to Take Stand on Maine Question 1

Ten days ago, after prodding from The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld, the Obama administration released a statement clarifying its position on anti-gay ballot initiatives, such as Question 1 in Maine and Referendum 71 in Washington state.

Holder Said the White House statement: 
"The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to
deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples, and as he said at the
Human Rights Campaign dinner, he believes ‘strongly in stopping laws
designed to take rights away.’ Also at the dinner, he said he supports,
‘ensuring that committed gay couples have the same rights and
responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country.’"

After appearing at a lecture series at the University of Maine where his opinion would have been heard by many Mainers perhaps undecided on how to vote, Attorney General Eric Holder could have offered a stronger position, or at least an equal one, on the same issue.

Instead, he offered a weaker one: “[The president and I] are of the view it is for states to make these
decisions. That federal law [DOMA] is not necessarily a good piece of
legislation, and we are going to work to repeal it."


  1. Terry says

    DOMA is “not necessarily a good piece of legislation”? No, Mr. Attorney General, it’s a BAD, blatantly discriminatory piece of legislation that needs to be repealed now. And using language like it’s “not necessarily a good piece of legislation” doesn’t quite signal to Congress the Administration’s strong desire to repeal DOMA.

  2. gch says

    So the president believes it is up to states to decide if they want to violate the civil rights of large numbers of their citizens? Isn’t that the same position that dixiecrats like Strom Thurmond took in the face of the Civil Rights Act? Obama is a cowardly bigot, just like Thurmond.

  3. Jon B says

    I’m liking this guy less and less every day. This just pisses me off. How dare he give such a piss poor, evasive answer to such an easy, straight forward question. He should be ashamed of himself, as should (and I’m saying this for the first time) Obama. Seriously, at the very least, give us pretty words! We’re not even getting that on this issue? WTF?!?

  4. Bill says

    This is the same guy who said we are a nation of cowards on race. Yeah. The Obama administration is definitely cowardly on LGBT issues. It’s not just the Obama administration though, every democrat is cowardly on LGBT issues and gay people haven’t pushed forward enough legistlatively, legally or WITHIN OURSELVES. We need to ask more of ourselves. That means stop using illicit drugs, lose weight, be prepared for violence when you leave your home, study harder etc.

  5. PM says

    By Eric Holder’s reasoning (and that of Obama), Brown v. Board of Education, Loving v. Virginia, the suffrage movement, and any federal actions to desegregate society were all improvident and the federal government overreached. Such decisions should be left to the states.

    These people are hyporcites and — worse — cowards.

  6. So Left I'm Right says

    I had a lot of “hope” for “change” when Obama addressed MLK’s church during the campaign and stressed to an audience not necessarily comfortable hearing it, and in accordance with Coretta Scott King’s consistent support for gay rights, that equality was to include gay equality.

    If nothing else, they should be vocally stating that changing state Constitutions to eliminate existing rights is completely wrong, and that DOMA is BAD law, and it is their deep desire to work with Congress to repeal it. This kind of weak statement is complete and utter bullshit, worse than cowardice, and simply tipping over into outright homophobia.

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