The Obama Justice Department, continuing to play it's coy game of "boy the DOMA sure is terrible, it sure sucks that we have to defend it" today asked a Judge to dismiss a challenge to the DOMA by multiple married couples in Massachussets. The Justice Department argued that just because the State said they were married was no reason to extend them Federal rights provided to married couples. So, gay couples can not file joint returns for their income tax.
The Justice Department argued that Congress can decide issues of social reform as they pleased. "Congress is therefore permitted to provide benefits only to those who have historically been permitted to marry, without extending the same benefit to those only recently permitted to do so," the government argued in its written response to the lawsuit. So, the administration of our first black President is essentially arguing for Dred Scott? Wow!
Here's another great quote from the filing: "Congress may subsequently decide to extend federal benefits to same-sex marriages, and this Administration believes that Congress should do so. But its decision not to do so to this point is not irrational or unconstitutional." Aw, our hands are tied. I know it sucks, but we have to defend the laws on the books. What is going on over there? Why is this the one time they have decided to be principled? Obama has already turned his back on nearly every campaign promise he made, so why is DOMA the one time he wants to play by the rules?
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