Man, I’m torn.
On one hand, I’m thrilled that DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is probably going down. On the other hand, I’m not happy about the way it is going to happen.
Here’s the thing, Obama is just plain wrong. Yes, DOMA is unconstitutional. Yes, DOMA makes some citizens of the United States unequal to other citizens. Yes, I want to see DOMA gone.
However; there is a larger and more important issue at stake here.
If the Department of Justice doesn’t defend attacks on our laws in court, then no law is sound. As much as I like Obama, this is a serious oversight on his part. I would think that someone who specialized in Constitutional law would’ve had a little more sight into the big picture. Calling on the Justice Department to not defend DOMA is wrong. It sends the wrong message on our Nation’s laws. It will allow the next President to decide that he doesn’t like a law and tell the DOJ to not do their job to defend our Nation’s laws.
I’ve heard talk among gay people that Obama hasn’t done enough for us. But, seriously, did anyone really cast their vote for Obama thinking that him being President would mean gays and lesbians would be allowed to legally marry? I know I didn’t.
I, also, believe that at this moment in time, we have more pressing matters. Our economy – though it is improving – needs more hand holding. We need to put the money taken from Social Security and put it back in. We need to improve our education. Gay marriage is a little low on the list.
I know President Obama is a politician and politicians do things to gain political power or to make their base happy (Can anyone say Scott Walker and Koch Industries?), but I a truly disappointed in Obama. I expected more from him than a cold bone that will harm our legal system for years to come. I wanted the DOJ to defend DOMA to their best of their abilities and then lose because the law is morally bankrupt and unconstitutional. I wanted a ruling that would stick for years to come, not a band aid.
Obama should’ve come up with a better way to do this.