If you think Obama cares about the rights of gays, guess again. He could care less. This is a test case to see how far he can go in ignoring the rule of law and getting away with it. And maybe snap up a few votes before 2012 at the same time.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), signed into law by Bill Clintion in 1996 basically affirms that the institution of marriage is between one man and one woman. Several lawsuits have been filed challenging the law, specifically section 3, where it states that the federal government will not recognize gay marriage in any matter of law. It is the responsibility of the Justice Department to defend federal law in court. Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department not to defend this particular law, because he has unilaterally decided that it is unconstitutional.
That is correct. Obama has installed himself as a the Supreme Court Justice and ordered Eric Holder not to defend the law in court. This essentially leaves the law defensless in a court room. What would be your chances of winning a case without any defense at all? Eric Holder scrawled a letter to John Boehner, and made it clear that it is they that will define the law now.
“[T]he President and I have concluded that classifications based on sexual orientation warrant heightened scrutiny and that, as applied to same-sex couples legally married under state law, Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional,”