Yesterday President Barack Obama sent the right-wing nut jobs into near convulsions when he finally decided to say something that has been painfully obvious to most Americans for more than a decade. The President announced that he regarded the hoary Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional because it discriminates against gay Americans. He added that he would immediately direct the Department of Justice to quit defending the 1996 law in Federal Court.
The Defense of Marriage Act which Newt's Congress passed in a flurry of hate and Bill Clinton inexplicably signed into law defines marriage as consisting of one man and one woman. (Traditionally, the definition and requirements of marriage had been left to the states.) Six states have already moved beyond that discriminatory nonsense, and several others have some form of "civil unions" designed to skirt the issue semantically through a process with a label other than marriage.
Just yesterday, in fact, Hawaii's Governor Abercrombie signed a civil unions bill into law for his state, and word came today that the Maryland State Senate has approved a gay marriage bill.
So while the loony edge of the Republican Party will see the President's move as pure red meat for the next election, it looks like the rest of America is quietly moving forward. President Obama's political sense remains astute.
Hopefully, the surprise Obama announcement on DOMA is a signal that he has finally given up on trying to compromise with people whose primary agenda is to make him unemployed and return America to a time when corporations ruled the country with abject disdain for the welfare of the people. America needs to be a world leader in the struggle to provide everyone with a good job, health care, education, and a clean and safe environment in which to work, play, and live.
President Obama, you were elected because a majority of Americans bought into your vision of what we as a nation ought to be about. You need to take off the gloves and fight your way back up to that moral high ground. Lead, damnit! Make us proud!