August 18, 2009
In California federal lawsuit, Obama shifts tone on DOMA while still defending it
President Obama said Monday he still wants to scrap DOMA and that his administration's stance in a California court case is not about defending traditional marriage but instead about defending an existing law based on its constitutionality. According to the AP,
Department lawyers are defending the law 'as it traditionally does when acts of Congress are challenged,' Obama said in a statement.
The government says in its court filing that it will defend the statute in this case because a reasonable argument can be made that the law is constitutional — a standard practice of government lawyers.
The reply brief filed Monday summarizes the administration's position this way:
The case is Smelt v. U.S. NO. SACV09-00286 DOC (MLGx) (C.D. Cal). The full reply brief is available here.
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