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Round-Up: Reactions, Developments, and Right-Wing Hissyfits About Obama's DOMA Announcement

Road George Washington University law professor and noted scholar of constitutional law Jonathan Turley talks to Salon about the DOMA news, and about the politics of making the announcement now: "These cases are coming up for appellate decision. So the cases themselves force this issue. The assumption is that the administration was waiting until after the midterm elections to take this position. Everyone that I've spoken to believes this decision was motivated by political considerations and not legal considerations. Eric Holder has proven an extremely political attorney general, much in the same way as the Bush attorneys general. His position not to prosecute torture, his decision to defend DOMA, and his prior decisions on DOMA were all driven by political considerations in the view of his critics. So I think that's what the motivation is."

Obama RoadEquality Matters expose the blatant falsehoods spread by FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly, and boy, are there are a lot of them.

RoadEquality Matters has an extensive page of right-wing reactions to the DOMA news.

Road And Kerry Eleveld has a big piece up as well.

RoadMike Huckabee rips Obama on DOMA, implies link between same-sex marriage and broken homes. "I do know there is a definite economic impact of the breakup of families in this country."

RoadRick Santorum called the DOMA news part of Obama's "effort to erode" America: "When the definition of marriage has been put before the people, they have time and time again - from Maine to California - stood up in defense of the traditional family. President Obama's refusal to defend a law that was overwhelmingly supported on both sides of the aisle and signed into law by a president of his own party is an affront to the will of the people. This is yet another example of our president's effort to erode the very traditions that have made our country the greatest nation on earth, and it begs the question what language changed in the constitution since 2008 to reverse his position?"

RoadCould the Attorney General's letter and Obama's remarks regarding "heightened scrutiny" affect the Log Cabin Republican case against 'DADT' as early as tomorrow?

RoadThe Washington Post has a big new article about how conservatives and  hate group leaders vow to make DOMA an issue for the 2012 elections...

RoadIn a press briefing today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated the President's support for repeal of DOMA: "The president has long believed that DOMA ā€” the Defense of Marriage Act ā€” is an unnecessary and unfair law. He support repeal of the law. As for its constitutionality, obviously he made clear his views on that in the decision he made that was announced yesterday. But he does support the repeal, yes."

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  1. "......vow to make DOMA an issue for the 2012 elections..."

    today after the gidyness of yesterday's news has worn off, I thought on this issue from a cynical political point of view

    I am happy Obama has done what he has done but it is also simply good politics

    The repubs have not even begun to nor look like they will deliver on the "Jobs" they promised this past election cycle so Obama dangling the culture war out there in front of repubs for 2012 will turn voters away from repubs and towards dems again for "Jobs Jobs jobs...economy economy economy"

    Posted by: | Feb 24, 2011 6:56:26 PM

  2. He supports repeal of DOMA, but he continues to oppose marriage equality. Hypocrisy in action. He won't lift a finger to repeal a law the effects of which he fundamentally supports.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Feb 24, 2011 8:05:36 PM

  3. So what. It's a no-lose situation for Obama. People who hate gay marriage would never vote for Obama anyways so there's nothing to lose for him.

    Posted by: galore | Feb 24, 2011 8:36:23 PM

  4. The political consequences of Obama's DOMA announcement probably are inconsequential for him, however hard the right tries to make a wedge issue out of it. (The fact that they're frothing at the mouth is reason enough to like what he did.) But the announcement itself matters. The president's and his attorney general's belief that a fundamental piece of DOMA is unconstitutional and that classifications based on sexual orientation warrant heightened scrutiny carries real weight as the court cases go forward. In legal terms the announcement is undeniably significant.

    Anyone who frames this purely in terms of political consequences for Obama is completely missing the larger point. He still needs to "evolve" towards full marriage equality (and his statements point in that direction), but there are reasons the right is hating this: it's a very pro-gay move on the president's part and an indication that the Republican desire to permanently write discrimination into the constitution will fail.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 24, 2011 9:08:43 PM

  5. NPR had an interesting discussion about whether either the House alone or the entire Congress, House AND Senate has standing to defend DOMA before the court. No one seems know if both have to agree to defend the law in order to appear before the court. Holder's letter simply states that Congress can pursue that option. Has anyone seen anything more definitive on this particular question?

    Posted by: Timzilla | Feb 24, 2011 10:14:48 PM

  6. hope everyone googled santorum want to make sure he stays at the top google search.

    Posted by: walter | Feb 24, 2011 10:29:20 PM

  7. @ ROSCOE: I think you're being naive on this. I believe strongly that Obama does support equal marriage for same-sex couples. The politic way to effect this, and really, the Constitutional way, is to let enough states allow for equality so that the SCOTUS is forced to rule that it be the law of the land.

    Obama is very cautious, but not against us. This is politics in the real world.

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 24, 2011 10:54:27 PM

  8. This is the reason why we MUST stand behind President Obama and do EVERYTHING we can to ensure he is re-elected. He is walking a very fine line folks. And his popularity ratings are not solid enough to guarantee his re-election. Support him and do what you can to get him re-elected in 2012. During his second-term, he will be the biggest ally and trailblazer the gay community has ever had. Mark my word. But, if he is not re-elected, we are looking at the erosion of many of our rights. We have to support this President. Our future is strongly dependent on it.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Feb 24, 2011 11:16:09 PM

  9. This is the best news, We can win the election and the gay marriage debate.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Feb 25, 2011 9:32:04 AM

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