President Barak Obama has decided not to further defend the federal law that bans recognition of same-sex gay marriages between gays and lesbians. The driving decision that will help homosexuals is coming after the Congress’ recent repealing of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that allowed gay and lesbian to serve in the military.
The reversal in Obama and the White House’s decision is an outcome of extensive deliberation over the issue for several months. Same-sex marriage has been a burning issue in the country for a while. With the new decision, the White House will no longer defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act that questioned same-sex marriages in several U.S. states, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Talking about the President Obama’s policy change on same-sex marriages, Mr. Holder explained that the U.S. Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act disapproving the base of gays and lesbian marriages on some moral grounds.
The particular Act “contains numerous expressions reflecting moral disapproval of gays and lesbians and their intimate and family relationships — precisely the kind of stereotype-based thinking and animus the (Constitution’s) Equal Protection Clause is designed to guard against,” Eric said.
In the meantime, Republicans censured the President Obama for dragging in an unnecessary topic in an unnecessary time. The House Speaker, John Boehner lashed out President Obama for driving the country into a controversial issue in time of massive financial and unemployment crises.
“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,” Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said.