DOMA Supporters: Obama Playing Political Games with Marriage Law


The Christian Post has posted their summary of the testimony Ed Whelan delivered at last Friday's hearing in the Subcommittee on the Constitution on the subject of DOMA (Mr. Whelan is the also main contributor to NRO's excellent Bench Memos blog):

Edward Whelan, who currently serves as president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, testified that Obama is knowingly playing political games when it comes to defending the federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. He expressed doubt that the president who is versed in constitutional law could change his stance on gay marriage 180 degrees because a Massachusetts judge chose to rule in favor of gay couples in two DOMA-related cases.

DOMA, which was enacted in 1996 under the Clinton administration, was initially challenged in the cases of Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States.

Whelan contended, "He would have to be very naive to think that it was anything other than a stealth strategy of step by step by step the administration doing whatever it can to promote same-sex marriage and induce the courts to adopt that approach."

We're working to produce videos of the testimony and other parts of the hearing and look forward to sharing those with you shortly!