Washington, D.C. - In a statement today, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Department of Justice (DOJ) will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which protects the traditional definition of marriage for federal purposes, in two lawsuits (Pedersen v. OPM and Windsor v. United States) and in the future, saying President Obama has concluded it is unconstitutional.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) Chief Executive Officer Penny Nance had this to say:
This tyrannical decision by President Obama is perhaps his most shameful move yet. DOMA is the law of the land, whether he personally likes it or not. For him to circumvent the will of the American people, once again, to impose his latest personal fad into federal law is simply disgraceful.
Remember, just a few months ago he tried to sell the American public the idea that he supported the traditional definition of marriage, then a few weeks ago he said he “struggled” with the idea, and now the mask finally comes off. He believes DOMA is unconstitutional and we are all supposed to go along with it.
President Obama insults the majority of Americans who believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman. Americans should not stand for this. Congress should step in and demand that DOJ do its job and defend federal law.
We simply cannot allow the Executive Branch in the person of the President or Attorney General to circumvent federal law purely on the basis of a president’s personal preference.
Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.