February 23, 2011

It's about effing time

AP today:
In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday that it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.
Now, was that really so hard to do? Jeez. It's about time! I mean, my government has been fighting to ensure that I don't have the right to marry -- in the year 2011, no less, and in a world where several countries are debating whether people should be killed for being gay.

The Obama administration has been awful on gay issues. I'm glad to see something (probably a political consideration rather than an intention to do the right thing; I'm not naive) finally changed his mind. However it occurred, this is a positive thing.

UPDATE: This is from the Times today:
He [Attorney General Holder] noted that the congressional debate during passage of the Defense of Marriage Act "contains numerous expressions reflecting moral disapproval of gays and lesbians and their intimate and family relationships — precisely the kind of stereotype-based thinking and animus the (Constitution's) Equal Protection Clause is designed to guard against."

The Justice Department had defended the act in court until now. 
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Anna Guess Pick said...

Sometimes it seems to me the most basic of human rights issues take way too much discussion and time. This is rocket science.

writenow said...

That's why it's so irritating to hear Obama say his position on gay marriage is "evolving". Evolution takes an awfully long time.

Good to see you here today.

Anna Guess Pick said...

Watching Swedish horror movie, Dead Snow - I think you can call it a good one if it makes you scream with laughter. Nazi zombies...gotta love it.