For those of you who consider Obama to be a smart man, maybe you should read up on constitutional authority, specifically what powers the president is afforded and what powers the congress has. In the news today of his administration pulling legal support of a federal law, he is saying the law is unconstitutional and not worth defending anymore.
The president must think he is Hugo Chavez to pull something like this. This president needs to read the constitution because he obviously hasn’t a clue about what is in it.
The president is not the lawmaker!!!
The congress makes the laws and the president has the authority to pass or veto them.
Nowhere in the constitution does it say the president has the right to decide which laws he feels are constitutional or not and then decide which ones will be defended by his attorney general.
Maybe Obama needs to appoint himself over all 3 branches of government. Why do we even need the other two if he is going to usurp their powers and do whatever he wants to anyway. The audacity of this man is beyond belief.
Regardless of where you come down on this issue is not the point. The point is Obama is playing dictator and it is time for him to stop trampling on the constitution.
Mr. Obama, stop acting like a dictator and start abiding by the constitutional.
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it has pulled its legal support for the federal Defense of Marriage Act, stating that the law fails to meet constitutional scrutiny standards and therefore the administration is under no obligation to defend it.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a statement released Wednesday that President Obama has decided that his administration “will cease defense of Section 3,” which states that marriage is between one man and one woman.
“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,” Mr. Holder said. “The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases. I fully concur with the President’s determination.”
The move comes as a huge victory for supporters of same-sex marriage, LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) Americans, who supported the president in his 2008 election campaign but have criticized the administration for its defense of DOMA in the face of recent lawsuits
Critics said the announcement makes it clear that the Obama administration has finished evolving and that it clearly favors legalization of same-sex marriage.
“The president has finally come out of the closet on gay marriage,” said Andy Blom, executive director of the American Principles Project. “After months of obfuscation and wishy-washy answers, the president has made it clear that he has no regard for the voice of the people, who have shown in election after election that they support traditional marriage.”
Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, called it a “monumental decision” and urged Congress to “not waste another taxpayer dollar defending this patently unconstitutional law.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said in a tweet that she was “thrilled” with the decision.
A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, asked why the president had chosen to “stir up a controversial issue” in the middle of a budget crisis.