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    disagree with you here. I've been an extremely strong critic of the president, and especially on LGBT issues. I have frankly not had many good things to say about him on this stuff. But his decision not to defend DOMA is huge. It's the best thing he's ever done, and the most pro-LGBT thing any president has ever done.

    It doesn't mean people are going to forever stop criticizing him, but he has done something to completely change the law and the country.

    Regardless if the House defends it or not, the United States government's official position is now that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. And beyond that, the government's position is that anti-gay laws should be given strict scrutiny and that gays constitute a suspect class, deserving of greater government protection from discrimination.

    This decision isn't just about DOMA. It seriously alters not only the perception of antigay actions by refusing to sanction them, but it will potentially affect any and every anti-gay law in existence in the US. If the courts adopt the government's new position, every law that hurts us will be considered questionable.

    So, this is not something to take lightly. This isn't just him passing off responsibility to someone else. It's really, really big.

    "If moral disapprobation of homosexual conduct is “no legitimate state interest”[...]what justification could there possibly be for denying the benefits of marriage to homosexual couples[...]?" - Justice Antonin Scalia

    by indiemcemopants on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 08:36:16 AM PST

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