An attorney says a bill introduced in Congress that would provide same gender pairs Social Security benefits violates the spirit and intent of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
DOMA which passed with wide bi-partisan support and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton defined marriage as being solely between a man and a woman for purposes of federal benefits.
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-California) is sponsoring the “Social Security Equality Act of 2012,” which has 90 co-sponsors in the House. According to Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel Action, the measure is another attempt by people in high positions to “put the official government stamp of approval on sin.”
Barber says the bill is a blatant attempt to circumvent The Defense of Marriage Act and if it were to pass it would violate the spirit and possibly the letter of DOMA.
The Obama administration has aggressively worked to nullify the bill. While Obama has called on Congress to repeal the legislation, he has taken his own steps to effectively accomplish the same thing.
The Department of Justice has directed its attorneys to refuse to defend the law in court which forced Congress to defend the law. However the administration has since went even farther, actively arguing in court that the law should be overturned on constitutional grounds. Traditionally the DOJ defends federal laws that have been passed by Congress and signed by the president.
Ironically, Obama unwittingly made the case for upholding DOMA shortly after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on ObamaCare, which Nancy Pelosi called the president’s “crown jewel.”
The president said the court should uphold a law that passed with large bi-partisan support. While he was referring to ObamaCare, it was passed strictly on party line votes while DOMA was passed with wide bi-partisan support. Using the president’s own statements the Supreme Court has a responsibility to uphold DOMA.
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