Monday, February 28, 2011

Breathing out Lies

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
--Exodus 20:16
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: [#6] a false witness who breathes out lies.
--Proverbs 6:16,19a

Count the lies in the following interview with Tony Perkins of the Family "Research" Council:

Lie #1: The President's decision affects all of DOMA.

Truth: DOMA comprises three sections; the President's announcement regards only section 3.

From the letter from the Attorney General to the Speaker of the House:
The President of the United States has made the determination that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), 1 U.S.C. section 7, as applied to same-sex couples who are legally married under state law, violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment.
Lie #2: The President's decision will require all states to recognize a same-sex marriage performed in any of the other states.

Truth: Full faith and credit is addressed in section 2 of DOMA, which is not affected at all by the President's decision.

From the text of DOMA:

No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.
Lie #3: The President will stop enforcing DOMA.

This directly contracts the President's statement.

Again, from the text of the letter from the Attorney General to the Speaker of the House:
The President has informed me that Section 3 will continue to be enforced by the Executive Branch. To that end, the President has instructed Executive agencies to continue to comply with Section 3 consistent with the Executive's obligation to take care that law be faithfully executed, unless and until Congress repeals Section 3 or the judicial branch renders a definitive verdict against the law's constitutionality.
Lie #4: This has never happened before.

Truth: It is not uncommon for a Presidents to refuse to defend a Federal law.

In just the last 100 years, Truman did so, as did JFK, Carter, Clinton, both Bushes, and Reagan--on at least four different occasions.

What the President actually did say.

The President said his administration will continue enforcing all of DOMA but will stop defending Section 3 in court. For reference, Section 3 provides a Federal definition of marriage as an opposite-sex union.

Obama's administration has already defended Section 3 of DOMA in Federal circuit court and lost. The President is saying that he agrees with the circuit court's determination that Section 3 is unconstitutional and has decided not to appeal the case further.

1 comment:

Pomoprophet said...

Silly Joe, only being GAY is sin!

That article about presidents not defending a law in court is a gem because so many have accused him of treason for not defending it. I think i'll steal that link and blog about it myself!