{ I Knew I Voted for the Right Man for President….Bob Barr and the Battle over the Defense of Marriage Act }

Ok, so I found this article via Drudge Report and it led me to some gay issues/news website. Creepy, I know, but I didn’t look around. I was just interested in this article, and rightly so, as it is titled, “Anti-Gay Marriage Groups Begin Fight for DOMA,” the Defense of Marriage Act. As I’m reading I see mention of Bob Barr, a candidate for president in this most recent election. I voted for him, as he was the candidate for the Libertarian Party and I felt he was the best choice. I know, I know, I love Sara Palin, but I still had to vote for Bob Barr. (I’m secretly, well obviously not so secretly since I’m posing it on my blog, hoping for a Romney/Palin ticket in 2012).

The Defense of Marriage Act legislation was authored by then-Republican Georgia Representative Bob Barr and signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton in 1996. DOMA was passed by a huge margin in Congress by a vote of 85-14 in the Senate and a vote of 342-67 in the House of Representatives. The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA


is the short title of a federal law of the United States passed on September 21, 1996 as Public Law No. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419. Its provisions are codified at 1 U.S.C. § 7 and 28 U.S.C. § 1738C. The law has two effects:

  1. No state (or other political subdivision within the United States) need treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state.
  2. The Federal Government may not treat same-sex relationships as marriages for any purpose, even if concluded or recognized by one of the states.

The following excerpts are the main provisions of the Act:

In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.

Power Reserved to the States:

No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.

Definition of ‘marriage’ and ‘spouse’:

In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.

Now for some interesting points from the article:

Anti-gay marriage groups alarmed at the election of a gay-affirming president are readying their forces and shoring up their defenses to protect the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The Alliance For Marriage Foundation is the group who drafted the Marriage Protection Amendment in Congress and as of last Monday they have launched a new website www.protectDOMA.org. If you are interested in all of the legal aspects of this fight to protect traditional marriage, as I am, then this new

online resource gives facts and information about the law that forbids any federal agency from recognizing legal gay marriage. The law also allows states to ignore legal gay marriages performed in another state.

“The repeal of DOMA is the legislative Holy Grail for activists who want to impose their radical social agenda upon America through the courts,” said Rev. Sam Rodriguez, Jr., an AFM Advisory Board member and president of the National Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) in a statement announcing the new effort [to protect the DOMA].

In my opinion, in the next 4 years, we will have Obama to blame for many, many things going downhill in this country, and it looks like there might be a possibility that we will have to add the Defense of Marriage Act to this long, long list…..

The election of President-elect Barack Obama places the federal DOMA in peril. While Obama does not support gay marriage, he has said he believes in repeal of the federal DOMA and granting gay couples civil unions.“[President-elect Obama] believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions,” the Obama-Biden transition website says. The upcoming 111th Congress’ political ideology will differ greatly from the 85% majority that ratified the federal DOMA in 1996, setting the stage for possible repeal.

What part of “gays and homosexual couples already have all of the federal and legal rights that heterosexual couples have,” does our President Elect Obama not understand? Isn’t he allegedly some brilliant legal mind? How is it that thousands of Americans get this, but he doesn’t? There is some great news however, and I’m sure the gay readers of the website who published this article, aren’t very happy about it either…

“The new Congress gives President-elect Barack Obama the legislative numbers he needs to overturn DOMA,” said Rodriguez. “But will Congress follow his agenda or stand with the vast majority of Americans who believe marriage is between a man and a woman.”

And now for the good news:

Proponents of federal DOMA, however, argue that the passage of three constitutional gay marriage bans on Election Day – in California, Arizona and Florida – gives them the political capital needed to keep the prohibition in effect.

Most states no longer need the law – forty-five states prohibit gay marriage, thirty by constitutional amendment. Only the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico and Rhode Island have yet to define marriage, but most of those states lean left already. Gay couples in New Jersey and the District of Columbia are granted civil unions or domestic partnerships, while New York, New Mexico and Rhode Island recognize legal gay marriages performed elsewhere.

The article goes on to mention the IRS having to recognize gay couples who have legally married.  I say who cares? Give them IRS tax exemptions until the cows come home, but don’t give them MARRIAGE! The fight has never been about tax exemptions or hospital visits, it has always been about the preservation of traditional marriage as defined as only between one man and one woman!!!!

Sources: Wikipedia-Defense of Marriage Act

Anti Gay-Marriage Groups Begin Fight for DOMA



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