Which laws will the Justice Department defend?

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non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Mar 27, 2013
Supreme Court conservatives target Obama on marriage law
By Lawrence Hurley and David Ingram | Reuters 1 hr 10 mins ago...

By Lawrence Hurley and David Ingram

WASHINGTON (Reuters)- Midway into a second day of tackling the gay marriage issue, conservatives on the Supreme Court said on Wednesday they were troubled by President Barack Obama's decision in 2011 not to defend in court a ban Congress had approved.

The decision by Obama to abandon the legal defense of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) called into question his willingness to defend other laws passed by Congress and challenged in court, several conservative justices said.

"It's very troubling," said Justice Anthony Kennedy.

While the criticisms may not affect how the justices eventually rule on whether the 1996 law violates U.S. equal protection rights, it showed frustration with how Obama has walked a difficult political line on gay marriage.

Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, said in February 2011 they would cease defending the law because they believed it to be invalid under the Constitution.

In the place of the Justice Department, Republican lawmakers have stepped in to argue for the law.

Chief Justice John Roberts pressed government lawyer Sri Srinivasan on how the government will now decide which laws to defend. "What is your test?" Roberts asked.

Justice Antonin Scalia, who served in the Justice Department in the 1970s, criticized its "new regime."

Almost two hours of oral argument will be heard by the court on DOMA. The nine justices heard arguments on Tuesday on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage.

In those arguments, the justices displayed a reluctance to rule broadly on the right to marry for gays and lesbians, suggesting the court may be similarly cautious about DOMA.

Rulings in both cases are expected by the end of June.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#2 Mar 27, 2013
Isn't the opinion of the America people changing towards acceptance of Gay Marriage..... Oh right, you cherry pick and pretend, poorly putz ! LMAOROTFU~!
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Mar 27, 2013
Chief Justice John Roberts pressed government lawyer Sri Srinivasan on how the government will now decide which laws to defend. "What is your test?" Roberts asked.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#4 Mar 27, 2013
WOW !?? LMAOROTFU~!

I see you're predicting the future again, but cannot comprehend ....slew is gone.. Seems stupid to me, but you do have a juvenile, dishonest, "mind". Poor troll, all those posts to work yourself up, but they're all the same tripe ...nobody rational reads....
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Mar 27, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
WOW !?? LMAOROTFU~!
I see you're predicting the future again, but cannot comprehend ....slew is gone.. Seems stupid to me, but you do have a juvenile, dishonest, "mind". Poor troll, all those posts to work yourself up, but they're all the same tripe ...nobody rational reads....
Slew isn't gone, he just changed his moniker to try and get out from under all the crappy posts he made over time. His new moniker is "Bushwhacker".

Is the Justice Department going after Colorado and Washington state for their marijuana laws in direct opposition to federal laws? I guess they are choosing not to enforce those laws as well.
PHD2

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Mar 27, 2013
non-starter wrote:
Chief Justice John Roberts pressed government lawyer Sri Srinivasan on how the government will now decide which laws to defend. "What is your test?" Roberts asked.
Nice to see someone is asking questions.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Mar 28, 2013
PHD2 wrote:
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Nice to see someone is asking questions.
DOMA is likely to be stricken down as a states' rights issue.
Obvious

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Mar 28, 2013
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>DOMA is likely to be stricken down as a states' rights issue.
Probably correct.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#9 Mar 28, 2013
Correct ? Be a FIRST !!!

non-starter wrote: I found it, you just won't publish that you got it off Yahoo or Wiki answers ....

THEN the lies began, LMAOROTFU~!

non-starter wrote: No, I guessed, because you weren't forthcoming with your source

OR MY NEW FAVORITE-
non-starter wrote: I found similar postings on Yahoo answers and Wiki answers

You posted to the urban dictionary to support your position...It's called tampering and you're clearly a duplicitous/dishonest POS...

Have a nice lie... Oh sorry, I surely meant life.

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