Saturday, June 13, 2009

Obama defends the same-sex marriage ban

Not everyone realizes that there is a federal law banning same-sex marriage. (DOMA) While some USA states now issue same-sex marriage licenses, no such arrangements are recognized as marriages under federal law.

This DOMA law was signed by Pres. Bill Clinton, and now defended by Pres. Barack Obama:
The Obama Justice Department yesterday filed a brief urging a California district court to dismiss a little-known constitutional challenge to DOMA filed in late 2008 by a married gay couple.
Obama was elected with a promise to oppose same-sex marriage, so this should not be surprising.

I did not know it, but the US Supreme Court has already ruled on whether the US Constitution requires same-sex marriage in Baker v Nelson (1972).

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