Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Too Little?

I understand that President Obama has a lot on his plate right now. I understand that this country seems to be sliding down a mountain with no brakes and he only has so much time in a day to accomplish the many, many, many things that need to be done.

I also understand (from my blog reading) that there are some in the GLBT community who are not happy with the fact that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has not been repealed. I do believe it needs to be repealed, but I do not know that it should be #1 on the President's agenda. Of course, I am not homosexual and, if the issue were women's rights, I may well feel differently. So I don't judge.

Today, however, the President will be signing a memo giving "health care and other benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees." This is a wonderful step, but it feels like a slap in the face to me after he just defended the Defense of Marriage Act. Believe whatever you want on same-sex marriage, but the DOMA is clearly unconstitutional. Article IV Section 1 clearly states, "Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof."

Which means the very second ONE STATE granted same sex couples the right of marry, every other state had to, by LAW, accept those marriages and treat them as such. The other states do not have to allow the marriages to occur in their state, but they have to accept them.

President Obama is not a moron. I am certain he understands far more about the U.S. Constitution than I do.

So why is he willfully going against it?


Mauigirl said...

I agree completely. I still hope he gets on the stick and does live up to his promises but time will tell.

Just started noticing your comments on other blogs, not sure how I missed yours, will add it to my list!

two crows said...

I blogged on this mess today, too. It's a nasty business, all round.

Did you know that the guy who authored the brief was a holdover from the Bush admin and a Mormon? When I read that a lot of stuff fell into place.
Now, may he be fired and be unable to find employment anywhere other than Mickey Dee's. Nah, some far- right-wing think tank will jump to hire him. **sigh**

Sidhe said...

I wish I knew (politics are shyte).