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Department Of Justice Appeals DOMA Ruling

Obamafail With the good news that Judge Virginia Phillips ruled Don't Ask, Don't Tell unconstitutional comes the bad news that the Obama Administration has filed appeals against another judge's decisions to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.

U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro of Boston ruled in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Commonwealth of Massachusetts vs. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year that DOMA violates the Fifth Amendment and impedes the state of Massachusetts's ability to define marriage.

While the Justice Department's appeal comes as no surprise, it will do nothing to endear the President to liberals and progressives offended by broken campaign promises.

For their part, Justice Department officials insist they're just doing their job, and reassured a potentially angry public that the President is dedicated to ending DOMA."The Justice Department is defending the statute, as it traditionally does when acts of Congress are challenged," said the Department in its statement. "As a policy matter, the President has made clear that he believes DOMA is discriminatory and should be repealed. The Department of Justice has a longstanding practice of defending federal statutes when they are challenged in court..."

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  1. "We are only doing our job..." Why can I only hear that response in the same accent that insisted "Ve are only follovink orders"?

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Oct 12, 2010 6:18:39 PM

  2. Barack Obama, what a piece of worthless shit.

    Posted by: Jason | Oct 12, 2010 6:21:20 PM

  3. the obama aministration screwa us again, he can't figure why LGBT community isn't flocking to his support. if it wasn't for tea party canidates being so homophobic the dems would go down in flames. the politiians
    don't care about us

    Posted by: walter | Oct 12, 2010 6:22:24 PM

  4. So Obama believes it's discriminatory--note he never says unconstitutional--but it's important to defend the discrimination because of.... DOJ tradition? Really?

    If tradition trumps equality you wouldn't be here, Obama.

    Posted by: adamblast | Oct 12, 2010 6:25:05 PM

  5. Obama: Redefining the definition of "fierce advocate."

    If we only had a Democratic House, Senate and President, we could get stuff done.

    Posted by: Rik | Oct 12, 2010 6:30:12 PM

  6. Fuck you, Obama!

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 12, 2010 6:30:45 PM

  7. With friends like these...

    Posted by: ichabod | Oct 12, 2010 6:31:29 PM

  8. This is all predicated on SCOTUS ultimately ruling. I can count at least 4 votes in favor of DOMA. This is not good at all.

    And this isn't exactly the way to motivate your base to vote in an election just 3 weeks away.

    Posted by: Terry | Oct 12, 2010 6:32:45 PM

  9. From our perspective this appeal is a good thing (although I'm going to be interested to read it to see just how insulting and demeaning the language is). I'm half of a bi-national couple so the higher it's appealed (so long as we win) the better.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Oct 12, 2010 6:32:54 PM

  10. Tradition you can believe in!

    Posted by: Craig | Oct 12, 2010 6:41:35 PM

  11. @Tomtallis:
    If Obama had left it alone, we'd be done with DOMA. The ruling declared DOMA unconstitutional. It was done. By appealing it, Obama is continuing the fight to keep the law in place. He doesn't have any obligation to appeal. He had been given a gift to end what he called an abhorrent law. Instead he appealed it. He's not doing us any favors. He's just showing himself up as the homophobe he is.

    Posted by: Brad | Oct 12, 2010 6:43:06 PM

  12. This was expected by me, anyway. Though I do care about issues outside of gay equality and know that persuant to these aims, the republicans have awful suggestions and initiatives, I'll not shed a tear if the dems get trounced in november.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 12, 2010 6:47:16 PM

  13. One more giant step the Obama administration is taking away from its GLBT constituency. If this DOJ move isn't prophetic regarding this President's bold lack of professed advocacy on our behalf, then nothing is. And, believe me, I'll still have my memory fully intact when the November 2012 election rolls around and Obama wants four more years. I sure as hell WON'T be supporting the GOP but I can see no way I'd be supporting the re-election of this administration either. And that goes for many Congressional Dems who've done nothing to move forward on our civil rights. What a damn shame, too, after so much hope following election night in November 2008. I guess it's wise to be careful who you vote for as they may just stab you in the back -- again and again and again!

    Posted by: Jaybird89101 | Oct 12, 2010 6:47:49 PM

  14. I can't wait to hear the HRC's spin on this one...

    Posted by: Daddy Todd | Oct 12, 2010 6:47:51 PM

  15. So Obama is "dedicated" to gay rights, is he? Well, he doesn't seem to be showing it.

    Obama is trashing the Democratic Party brand in terms of the relationship it has built up with the GLBT community over the years. No more Democratic Party for me.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 12, 2010 6:55:25 PM

  16. Fierce my ass. Obama is a coward.

    Posted by: Blake | Oct 12, 2010 6:59:25 PM

  17. Obama has said from day one that he does NOT believe in gay marriage. When will the gays stop falling at his feet?

    Posted by: RB | Oct 12, 2010 7:00:36 PM

  18. It's OK. I'm sure the White House will have a reception for the HRC crowd and the professional gays, and all will be fine.

    Now everybody get out your checkbooks and work those precincts for the Democrats!

    Meanwhile, the gay Republicans get DADT struck down.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Oct 12, 2010 7:02:26 PM

  19. The appeal is a cold-blooded calculation that this administration will win a few more votes from the homophobic community than from GLBTs.

    Posted by: rick | Oct 12, 2010 7:07:15 PM

  20. DOMA is federal law. A citizen challenged the law in court and of course the federal govt will defend its laws. Why would you be surprised that they would appeal the district courts decision? It has nothing to do with the President's personal opinion of the law. If the lower court's ruling is upheld by the appeals court and the DOJ doesn't appeal Obama would applaud that.

    Congress needs to enact legislation to repeal the law.

    All of you who are childishly saying the democrats have failed you and you won't vote or support democrats or Obama, are only shooting yourselves in the foot. You're part of the problem with politics.

    Quite frankly with that attitude you're damaging the LGBT and progressive cause. The more republicans in congress the less likely any pro LGBT legislation will come to light.

    Change and progress move slow and in pieces. It doesn't happen over night or less than halfway into a democratic administration. You were naive if you thought that in the first place.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 12, 2010 7:17:14 PM

  21. If the courts are doing everything the current administration has failed to do in regards to social change (gay marriage, dadt, doma) - wtf do we need the Democrats for then?? It's crap like this that will have Bat Sh*t crazy Sharon Angle as the next senator from Arizona.

    Posted by: Craig | Oct 12, 2010 7:17:39 PM

  22. I cry bullshit!

    Posted by: niles | Oct 12, 2010 7:23:43 PM

  23. I meant Nevada.

    Posted by: Craig | Oct 12, 2010 7:24:20 PM

  24. Standby for yet another round of obfuscation by the professional apologists of Gay, Inc. and the HRC on the behalf of the "fierce advocate".

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Oct 12, 2010 7:29:56 PM

  25. I don't get it. The Governator and Jerry Brown refused to challenge the courts ruling, and Obama could have easily done the same. AM I right or am I not smart enough to understand our legal system. I call Bull Shit!

    Posted by: Phil | Oct 12, 2010 7:32:46 PM

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