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Friday, February 25, 2011

No Defense

In the latest sign of civilization's crumbling, the Obama administration has decided to stop defending marriage. President Obama has declared that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, designed to thwart federal recognition of same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional and ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the statute against court challenges. As Jon Stewart commented last night, "OK, Gays: Marriage is undefended! ATTACK!"

The Republican response was as swift as it was predictable. A spokesman for Speaker of the House John "Boys Don't Cry" Boehner, said, “While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation."

He has a point. After all, you don't see Republicans "stirring up" controversial issues in a time of national financial crisis. It's not as if they're going around trying to redefine rape or allow doctors to refuse to perform emergency abortions even if they are necessary to save a woman's life or cut off all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Of course, the GOP would probably claim these are simply budget-cutting measures and should not be construed as nakedly political power-plays.

In that spirit, then, we suggest that the Obama Administration is simply looking for ways to cut spending as well. Think of all the money that the Department of Justice can save by not having to defend this frivolous and mean-spirited legislation.


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