Tag Archives: DOJ

FRC Reacts To DOMA Ruling

Calling it “the Boston Massacre of marriage,” the Family Research Council has released a typically hysterics-filled response to the DOMA ruling. Four hundred twenty-seven. That’s how many members of Congress voted to pass the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. One. The number of activist judges it took to strike the law down. Yesterday, a U.S. District Court did its ...

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HomoQuotable – Janson Wu

“We fully expect that the Obama administration will appeal the decision. It would be unusual if they didn’t. Typically, when a court strikes down a law as unconstitutional, the government appeals it. To be honest, we think that would be good. The federal government wants to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples, and that’s just not enough to stand constitutional ...

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CALIFORNIA: Judge Agrees To Hear Log Cabin Republicans’ DADT Challenge

A district court judge in California has agreed to hear the Log Cabin Republican’s challenge to DADT. Lawyer Dan Woods says U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips in Riverside, Calif. agreed Monday to send the case to trial July 13. Woods is representing the Log Cabin Republicans, a group rights group. He says the group hopes to end the ...

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Quote Of The Day – Eric Holder

“We have much to celebrate today. In the year since we last gathered, our nation – and the Justice Department – have taken steps to address some of the unique challenges faced by members of our country’s LGBT community. As you all know, up until last fall, there was not a single line in the nearly 225-year history of the ...

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Department Of Defense Launches Internal DADT Dialog Site For Active Duty Soldiers

Could this be part of the DADT repeal implementation study? A new online inbox that enables servicemembers and their families to comment anonymously about the impact of a possible repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law has gone live. The inbox will enable servicemembers and families to offer their thoughts about how a repeal of the law that prohibits ...

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Gibbs: Even Obama Would Find Recent DOJ-DADT Brief To Be Odd

Advocate reporter Kerry Eleveld grills press secretary Robert Gibbs about the DOJ’s most recent brief in defense on DADT, which cited a 1993 quote from Colin Powell.

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Log Cabin Republicans Announce Progress On Their DADT Suit

In an announcement posted on their homepage, the Log Cabin Republicans report that the DOJ has been denied in their appeal to stop the LCR’s suit to repeal DADT. In a ruling delivered on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, U.S. Federal Court Judge Virginia Phillips handed Log Cabin Republicans a major legal victory by denying the Obama Administration Justice ...

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Today: “Rally For Religious Freedom”

Pretty much every Christianist loon you’ve ever heard of will be outside the Department of Justice in Washington DC at 1:30pm today to protest the recently passed hate crimes act. Wild-eyed luminaries such as Matt Barber, Peter LaBarbera, Gary Cass, Bishop Harry Jackson and their coterie of crazies will be attempting to incite their own arrest by “preaching the Biblical ...

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Obama Administration Defends Against Massachusetts DOMA Repeal Suit

Aaaand here we go again. States that allow gay marriage can’t force the federal government to provide benefits to those couples, the Obama administration argued Friday in court papers in a lawsuit by Massachusetts. The Justice Department is at odds with Massachusetts — the first state to allow gay marriage — over a 1996 federal law defining marriage as a ...

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Federal Judge Dismisses DOMA Case

Smelt Vs. United States, the case that caused all of the DOJ-DOMA brouhaha earlier this year, has been dismissed by a federal judge on the grounds that the litigants had failed to identify any personal harm they had suffered under the institution of the Defense of Marriage Act. Assistant Atty. Gen. Tony West, in his brief filed before U.S. District ...

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Using Gay Marriage To Split California

Split California literally, that is. Duncan Osborne at Gay City News reports that the lawyers backing the litigants in the Smelt case, the one that has caused all the DOJ-DOMA furor, have a master plan other than marriage equality. The attorney representing two gay men who sued in state court and now in federal court in southern California to win ...

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DOJ-DOMA Reactions

Reactions to this morning’s DOJ-DOMA filing… John Aravosis at AmericaBlog: I guess this is a step in the right direction. I don’t want to fail to praise the administration for doing better, but to some degree the only reason this is “good” is because of how “bad” they did on the previous brief. In the end, they’re still defending a ...

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PhoboQuotable – Gary Bauer

“What the White House wants is for a court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act so that the White House and the president don’t have to take the political damage for undermining a law that protects normal marriage. President Obama ran promising he would be open and transparent, and no longer practice the usual politics of Washington, DC. ...

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Today In Cognitive Dissonance

The Obama administration filed court papers today saying that DOMA discriminates against gays, but that they must continue to defend it in court. Justice Department lawyers are seeking to dismiss a suit brought by a gay California couple challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The administration’s response to the case has angered gay activists who see it as backtracking ...

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Howard Dean Drops Out Of DNC Event

Saying he has a “scheduling conflict,” former DNC chairman Howard Dean has dropped out of tomorrow’s LGBT fundraiser. The list is lengthening. John Aravois at Americablog reacts: It’s interesting that the very heterosexual Howard Dean is willing to take a stronger stand for civil rights than our own gay elected representatives, Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, and Jared Polis. That Howard ...

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HomoQuotable – Michelangelo Signorile

“But now, a cocktail party? No, that’s not business — it’s schmoozing and sucking up, and it’s all about buying off gay leaders by seducing them, very cheaply, so the White House can help get the money coming back in, since the DNC gay fundraiser for next week is collapsing. The response so far has only been about the money ...

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DOJ To Meet With GLAD, Lambda Legal, Others Over DOMA Challenges

More reaction from the Obama administration. The DOJ has agreed to meet next week with Lambda Legal, Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and other LGBT orgs to “hash out how to proceed with pending DOMA cases.” Via Greg Sargent: The Obama Justice Department has reached out to major gay rights organizations and scheduled a private meeting for next ...

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Signorile On Gay Anger At Obama

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Barney Frank Flip-Flops On DOMA Brief, Now Says He Supports It

Sen. Barney Frank, who issued a criticism of the DOJ-DOMA brief two days ago, yesterday said that he spoke before reading the brief and now supports it. From his official site: “When I was called by a newspaper reporter for reaction to the administration’s brief defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, I made the mistake of relying ...

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Robert Gibbs On The DOMA Brief

ABC’s Jake Tapper asked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about the DOMA brief and got a typically Gibbsian response. TAPPER: Does the president stand by the legal brief that the Justice Department filed last week that argued in favor the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act?GIBBS: Well, as you know, that the Justice Department is charged with upholding ...

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