Late last month, the Obama administration announced it would no longer defend DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act believing it to be unconstitutional. Passed in 1996, the law proclaims that a valid marriage must be between a man and a woman.
In lock-step with its gameplan to attach an Obama viewpoint on any subject (when is the last time you heard any Republican agree with the president?), conservative members of the Grand Old Party (GOP) blasted the decision. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, “The constitutionality of the this law should be determined by the courts – not by the president unilaterally.”
Predictably, Boehner, the chief defender of all things anti-Obama, spoke shortly after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, and the U.S. branch of the World Sikh Council chastised Obama’s announcement as “undermining the rule of law and the separation of powers.” To bolster this contention, they, and Boehner, used the old reliable ‘the American people do not want their wishes being overruled by the judiciary, or the executive [branches of government]” apparently meaning that Congress is the ultimate decision-maker in such instances.
It is fair to ask how these religious organizations know that the American people want. According to most polls, the issue of same-sex marriage has become a back burner issue, save the Far Right, who want to continue beating the drum against those who are in love and want to make a commitment to that love by marrying a same sex partner. All these people are asking for is to be treated equally under the law, to be recognized not for some sin those of religious bent believe will send them straight to hell, but for the right to be recognized as loving, caring people who treat others with the same respect they desire.
To do otherwise is discrimination in its purist form despite the views of Boehner, conservative church groups, and Fox News pundit Monica Crowley who compared Obama to the departed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarek. She, and potential presidential contender Newt Gingrich, the same man whose adulterous ways cost him his powerful seat in Congress, believe the president should be impeached for not upholding the constitution.
Once again, the entry into the judicial realm of the monsters of political and religious rhetoric poison the waters by attacking a president whose judicial advisors tell him DOMA is simply bad legislation. Using the cover of “what the American people want” without a clue that this sort of proclamation is arrogance at his very worst, these naysayers need to listen to the American people, most of whom, according to the polls, truly believe in equal treatment for all especially when the issue is sexual preference.