A lot of gays suddenly are making wedding plans, thanks to President Obama.
Obama believes the Defense of Marriage Act, more commonly known as DOMA, is unconstitutional and will no longer defend the 15-year-old law in federal court, the Justice Department announced today.
DOMA, signed by President Clinton in 1995, allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and provides a federal definition for marriage that exempts same-sex couples.
I guess Uncle Sam now wants everybody to have the right to have white rice thrown at them and the 50-50 chance to later get divorced.
Actually, I don’t know who’s more excited today — gay rights activists, bridal planners, wedding reception venues or divorce lawyers.
Obama’s stunning decision means that the administration will withdraw its defense of ongoing suits in two federal appeals circuits and will leave it to Congress to defend the law against those challenges. It will remain a party to the lawsuits.
Of course, now for the fine print: The law itself remains in effect. Still, today’s announcement batters the law with a couple of Nunchucks.
Attorney General Eric Holder said that Obama had decided to subject classifications based on sexual orientation to a “more heightened standard of scrutiny.” That means that the federal government no longer believes that there is a “rational basis” for discriminating against gays.
Of course, now the parents of gays no longer will be systemically excluded from paying big bucks for big weddings.