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No secret about where president stands on same-sex marriage



Published: Thu, April 12, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

No secret about where president stands on same-sex marriage

The point of an Associated Press story in the March 31 Vindicator seems to be that the Obama administration has so far not endorsed same-sex marriage, concerned about the election fallout from conservative voters. Where the president stands may not be clear to AP, but to anyone actually watching what he does, there can be little doubt of his intentions.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Clinton. It is part of the law of the land. DOMA prescribes that on the federal level and on federal installations, marriage is between a man and a woman. The law has of course been challenged in court.

Though he is the chief executive officer and responsible for seeing that the law is enforced, Mr. Obama has refused to defend the law in court. There is more. Late last year, pursuant to the implementation of “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal in the military, his Defense Department cleared the way for same sex unions to be solemnized in military chapels by chaplains, as long as local law is not violated. What about the federal law, DOMA, that this seems to violate?

This last development illustrates a few other things besides the president’s support for “gay marriage.” One, the lawlessness of this government; and, two, the intent to drive traditional religious belief from the public sphere. Chaplains concerned that they may be pressured into violating their beliefs have been given assurances of protection of conscience. Ask the Catholic bishops what those are worth.

Patrick J. Lally, Youngstown


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