By Gary Bauer, American Values
Yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder made a stunning announcement: the Obama Justice Department will no longer defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. According to Holder, our president concluded that the law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman was “unconstitutional” and ordered him to stop defending it in at least two cases currently before the federal courts.
Excuse me? The president is the chief law enforcement officer, not the chief justice! It is not up to Barack Obama to determine which laws he likes and which laws he doesn’t. It is his responsibility to enforce the law until the nation’s highest court decides the law does not pass constitutional analysis.
But this president sees things very differently — he’s here to fundamentally transform America, by, among other things, redefining marriage. He ignored public opinion and bent the rules to pass healthcare “reform.” Unable to get cap and trade through Congress last year, Obama now wants the EPA to implement it. And he does not hesitate to ignore the courts either.
The Obama Administration was recently cited for contempt by a federal judge for continuing its deep-water drilling ban, despite a previous order striking it down. Rather than abiding by Judge Vinson’s ruling against ObamaCare, the administration is asking the judge to “clarify” his ruling, while it orders states to continue implementing the big government health scheme.
Today’s news should put to rest any suggestion that Obama has moved to the center. He has just aligned himself with the most radical elements in the culture war who are trying to redefine normalcy.