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Defense of Marriage Act…

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Back in February,  His Oneness decided he could secure the gay lobby vote by having DOMA  declared unconstitutional  by his lapdog AG Holder.   The practical effect was that Holder and his boss violate their oaths of office by refusing to defend the federal law,  but the law remains intact.

House Speaker John Boehner  hired Paul   Clement,  who served as solicitor general under former president George W. Bush,   to defend DOMA,  and announced he would seek to divert sufficient funds from DoJ to pay  for any costs associated with the DOMA defense.    He can’t do that without Senate approval,  which he’ll never get.

The Human Rights Campaign,  the militant gay rights group,  called for a boycott against King & Spalding,  and the law firm,  so eager in its readiness to  defend Gitmo  detainees,  folded under  the pressure like a cheap suitcase and ordered Clement to  cease work  on this job.   Paul Clement did not flinch — read part of his magnificent letter  resigning from the firm.   Clement has the courage his  former law firm lacks.

If you’re interested in the law’s defensibility from a legal standpoint,   William Duncan  points the way  to a paper on the subject.

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Written by timeforthorns

April 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Killing DOMA, killing ObamaCare…

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Over at Critical Condition,   John Graham has a  fascinating look at how the ruling of a Massachusetts judge,  who found the Defense of Marriage Act  (DOMA) unconstitutional,  might provide some useful ammunition in the lawsuits against ObamaCare.

I’m not an attorney,  but I worked in the field for years,  and I think Graham may be on to something.

Written by timeforthorns

August 5, 2010 at 8:27 am

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