DoMA - should it be protected, or given the boot?

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DoMA - should it be protected, or given the boot?
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Fri, 02-25-2011 - 7:07pm

Big changes this week as Obama declairs the Defense of Marriage Act

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Registered: 06-07-2006
Sat, 02-26-2011 - 2:07am
The President's job is to ENFORCE laws, not to interpret or determine their constitutionality. We have separation of powers for a reason, and Obama is overstepping his (go figure - what a surprise).

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Registered: 03-02-2009
Sat, 02-26-2011 - 9:10pm

He is now a complete jerk,

IMO. He is acting like a Marxist, trying to declare a law unconstitutional and he won't enforce it. He doesn't have that power, and he shouldn't be trying to squire power that clearly belong to other branches of the government.

But, his healthcare law was declared unconstitutional by an actual judge that does have that power, and Obama is so far not complying.

Well, now we know the next President doesn't have to defend cases that oppose abortion.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Sat, 02-26-2011 - 10:35pm

Were you equally incensed by the many many signing statements made by George W. Bush?

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-02-2009
Sat, 02-26-2011 - 11:47pm

But given the number of state laws which were written for the express purpose of defeating or diminishing a woman's right to reproductive choice, and the not-very-active DoJ in getting those laws struck down as violations of federal law, I submit that the threat is feeble mostly because federal law has ALREADY been attacked repeatedly by those who think they should have more say than a woman herself.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 7:21am

I don't think it's up to a president to start second-guessing what laws are constitutional and which are not.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 08-16-2005
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 8:47am

So you are saying that Obama is like Dubya, so it is ok?


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Registered: 03-03-2009
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 10:16am

Never said that because Dubya/Cheney showed a ravenous hunger for power in the executive branch, any successors would be justified in attempting to subvert the checks and balances of either legislative/executive/judicial or federal/state.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-02-2009
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 12:21pm

You are capable of doing your own research on how the court system works. But, let me clarify since you seem to be willfully (I hope not)

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 1:51pm

You made the claim that "[other judges'] opinions don't matter, and his [Vinson's] does".

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-02-2009
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 4:06pm

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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