Tag Archives: DOJ

Concerned Women Are Concernstipated About 80s Pop Stars Getting Married

Or so it would seem from their bizarre image accompanying this message: So, just like any other despot, Obama decided unilaterally to make the decision for all of us ignorant Americans who support DOMA, and we should be grateful. Shame on him. And shame on us if we just stand by silently and take it. We should not! We must ...

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Wingnut GOP Rep. Steve King Plans To Cut DOJ Budget Over DOMA

Virulent homophobe Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says he will introduce a budget amendment that will cut the Department of Justice’s funding by the amount it would have spent to defend DOMA. “What I intend to do, and there are other solutions that are offered, and I believe that the Speaker is focused on this, as well … is to offer ...

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Big Week For LGBT Rights

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DOJ Notifies Court Of DOMA Withdrawal

Via press release from GLAD: The Department of Justice followed Wednesday’s withdrawal from two DOMA cases in the Second Circuit, including GLAD’s Pedersen v. OPM by notifying the clerk of the First Circuit that they will also “cease to defend” the two consolidated DOMA cases, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. HHS. The DOJ has not sent ...

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Anti-Gay Groups Vow DOMA Defense

Anti-gay legal groups from the Alliance Defense Fund to the Heritage Foundation are saying that the president’s decision yesterday clears the way for them to mount a “truly rigorous” defense of DOMA. Chuck Donovan, senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, says the government’s decision to abandon the federal law is outrageous because it is now understood that the administration’s ...

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Glenn Greenwald Explains DOMA

According to openly gay Salon reporter Glenn Greenwald, the president deserves “enthusiastic unqualified praise” for yesterday’s DOMA move. “This is a case where there’s a fair amount of political risk, very little political benefit.”

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Quote Of The Day – Tony Perkins

“Never in the history of this great nation has a President so openly defied his duty to uphold and defend the law of the United States . Now, this White House is declaring war–not only on marriage–but on Congress, whose authority this President now rejects. If this congressional leadership does not intervene with the force this attack demands, then they ...

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AFA Reacts To DOMA News

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Richard Socarides & Pat Buchanan On Barack Obama And DOMA

Socarides, who is now with the Media Matters affiliate Equality Matters, says that today’s move “will definitely help Obama with gay groups.” Understatement.

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WH Press Secretary Jay Carney: Obama Is “Grappling” With Marriage Issue

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BREAKING: Feds To Give Up On DOMA!!!

In a stunning announcement, today Attorney General Eric Holder declared that the federal government will no longer defend Section 3 of DOMA in court. Here is an excerpt from Holder’s statement. After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual ...

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Editorial Of The Day

From the New York Times editorial board. The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is indefensible — officially sanctioned discrimination against one group of Americans imposed during an election year. President Obama seems to know that, or at least he has called on Congress to repeal it. So why do his government’s lawyers continue to defend the act in court? [snip] ...

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FCC Approves Comcast-Universal Merger

CNN is reporting today that the FCC has approved the merger between cable giant Comcast and NBC-Universal. CNET explains: The $37 billion merger between the companies has been a long time coming. The deal, which was first announced in 2009, provides Comcast with a 51 percent controlling stake in NBC Universal. General Electric will retain the remaining 49 percent. When ...

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Family Research Council Denounces Obama’s “Shoddy” Defense Of DOMA

“Apparently, the administration is so fixated on making the homosexual community happy that it’s not even working to uphold what’s best for kids. In this instance, the Justice Department seems to imply that by doing their job they’re somehow doing America a favor. Hardly! Defending the law is DOJ’s whole reason for existence. So while the President may have strong ...

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Matt Baume: This Week In Prop 8

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NOM Is Very Upset About The DOJ’s “Collusive” Defense Of DOMA

“The DOJ brief amounts to collusive litigation, failing to even offer to the court, much less vigorously defend, the reasons Congress laid out in the statute when it passed DOMA, especially responsible procreation. This is an attack not only on marriage, but on the prerogatives of Congress. The Executive branch should not attempt to exercise this kind of retroactive line-item ...

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DOJ Files DOMA Defense

The Department of Justice yesterday filed its defense of the overturn of Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act, which was ruled unconstitutional last July in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States. A quote from the government’s brief comes via Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly: DOMA is supported by rationales that constitute a sufficient ...

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DOJ Will Appeal DADT Reinstatement Of USAF Major Margaret Witt

The Department of Justice has filed a brief announcing their intent to appeal the reinstatement of Major Margaret Witt, whose DADT-related discharge was overturned by a federal court in September. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly: With today’s filing, DOJ stated in a docketing statement required to be filed with the Notice of Appeal that the principal issue to be ...

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DOJ Files Opposition To Log Cabin Republicans’ SCOTUS Appeal On DADT

Today the Department of Justice filed a brief in opposition to the Log Cabin Republicans’ request that the U.S. Supreme Court hear the LCR’s appeal of the Ninth Circuit Court’s indefinite stay on the overturn of DADT. Whew! Got all that? The Log Cabin Republicans respond to this latest bit of legal ping-pong. “It is unfortunate the Obama Justice Department ...

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BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Issues Indefinite Stay On Overturn Of DADT

In a suckily timed Election Eve ruling, late this afternoon the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals indefinitely extended their stay on the overturn of DADT. In an eight-page order, the judges said they were persuaded by the Department of Justice’s argument that U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips’ worldwide injunction against the 1993 policy “will seriously disrupt ongoing and determined ...

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