Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thank you, Obama

President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (usually called DOMA), which is discriminating against gays and lesbians, according to a statement Wednesday from Attorney General Eric Holder.

"The president has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny," Holder said.

The key provision in the law "fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional."

"Given that conclusion, the president has instructed the (Justice Department) not to defend the statute" in two pending cases in New York, Holder said. "I fully concur with the president's determination."

Hurrah! Equality is near! And just as nice: the Evangelical Right is going to go absolutely BESERK on this!

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