About fifteen years ago, Congress passed the “Defense Of Marriage Act” which declared that only marriage between a man and woman was to be considered involved in a state of matrimony. During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama expressed his personal concerns about allowing same sex marriage although he was uncertain whether there should be such a law. Yesterday, the Attorney General, Eric Holder, made clear the Justice Department would no longer support the law based on constitutional grounds. “The president has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard.” After analyzing data, the Justice Department does not believe the law meets those standards.
Of course, any intelligent person wants same sex or opposite sex or whatever to marry one another. However, one can only be suspicious that at a time of economic disaster for millions this topic has to be brought to center stage and create anger and animosity.