Obama Administration, DOMA & DADT

  • metta

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    Oct 08, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    Obama Administration to Decide on DOMA Lawsuit Appeal Next Week



    Still, Wolfson said the extent to which the Justice Department defends DOMA at the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals would be an appropriate gauge to determine the Obama administration’s commitment to supporting LGBT people.

    “I think the Justice Department can argue they have to appeal, but they should not be trying to win at all costs, and they should urge the court to adopt a presumption of unconstitutionality for the cruel exclusion from marriage that they themselves admit is discrimination,” Wolfson said.

    Swislow expressed similar beliefs that defending DOMA would set a precedent for subsequent administrations that could be hostile to LGBT rights.

    A favorable ruling at the First Circuit could invalidate part of DOMA for not just married same-sex couples in Massachusetts, but also couples living in Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire.

    Swislow said an appeal of the DOMA cases is “really in our interest” because a victory only at the district court level would “only affect our particular plaintiffs” and not anyone else.

    “It’s much better, in fact, to have the case appealed so that the victory in the appellate court … affects the First Circuit [and] a victory in the Supreme Court affects the whole country,” she said.

    Doug NeJaime, a gay law professor at Loyola Law School, also said an appeal in the GLAD case could be beneficial to married same-sex couples across the nation because of the strong case made by plaintiffs.
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    Awaiting the Grand Gesture
    With the White House not answering direct questions about marriage and DOMA, all Americans are left waiting


    Massachusetts: GOP Tries to Intervene in DOMA Cases

    Claiming that the Obama Department of Justice is not doing enough to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

  • metta

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    Oct 13, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    DOJ Files Appeal in DOMA Case


    Obama administration fights ruling backing gay marriage

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    Oct 13, 2010 8:54 AM GMT
    Obama is pretty stupid.