In case you were naive or foolish enough to assume that the Obama administration might call off its war on traditional America in honor of our national holiday, think again:
The Obama administration pressed the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to take up the rights of same-sex couples, asking the justices to bypass an appellate panel and review the case of a San Francisco court employee seeking federal insurance for her wife – a request the administration now supports.
In simultaneous filings, the Justice Department sought Supreme Court review of cases in California and Massachusetts challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law denying federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married under their state laws.
The lefties are swarming now, feeling their oats after the disgraceful Sebelius decision, eager to press their advantage, and DOMA makes a nice fat target while the rest of the country is grilling hamburgers and loving our country (as I do today in my New York Post column) in that good old-fashioned way. Never mind that — unlike Obamacare — DOMA was passed in 1996 by large majorities in Congress and (like Obamacare) signed into law by a Democratic president, and reflected perfectly the nation’s understanding of one of human society’s most basic institutions.
But that’s not good enough for our president — a man who’s only recently come out of the political closet on the issue — who refers to it as the “so-called Defense of Marriage Act,” and has ordered his politically compliant Justice Department not to defend it. Now he wants a browbeaten Supreme Court to rubber-stamp his repeal effort, right now, rather than leaving it up to, you know, the people:
The filing was unusual because the case is now before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which has scheduled arguments for September. Lawyers hired by U.S. House Republican leaders have defended the law since President Obama withdrew his administration’s support in February 2011, more than a year before Obama endorsed the right of gays and lesbians to marry.
In Tuesday’s filing, Justice Department lawyers said the case involves issues of “such imperative public importance” that it deserves immediate Supreme Court review, particularly because the Massachusetts case is already pending before the court.