Gay Marriage

Four Ex-Senators Who Voted for DOMA Ask Supreme Court to Strike it Down

Times have changed

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Former Senators Bill Bradley, Tom Daschle, Christopher Dodd and Alan Simpson — all of whom voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 — told the Supreme Court Friday that "the original justifications for DOMA can no longer be credited today," concluding that "our constitutional commitment to equality does not tolerate such discrimination."

In urging the Supreme Court to strike down the federal prohibition on recognizing the state-sanctioned marriages of same-sex couples, the former senators tell the court:

DOMA is an especially poor candidate for any claim of deference to the constitutional judgment of the political braches. It was enacted hastily, with little independent consideration of its constitutionality, against the backdrop of a constitutional jurisprudence this Court has since abandoned. It was premised in large part on fears that subsequent experience has proven unfounded. And it effects a discrimination that we now have come to recognize as incompatible with our constitutional commitment to equal treatment under the law.

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  1. Apparently they used their newfound free time to actually, y’know, READ the fucking Constitution they were sworn to uphold.

    1. Isn’t Dodd busy being a complete asshole?

  2. In urging the Supreme Court to strike down the http://www.toairmaxfr.com federal prohibition on recognizing the state-sanctioned marriages of same-sex couples, the former senators tell the court:

  3. Disclosure: Gay guy here.

    If DOMA is so antithetical to a “constitutional commitment to equality” why the hell did they pass it in the first place and why are they depending on SCOTUS to strike it down rather than repealing it through the legislative process where the abomination was hatched to begin with? A pox on (former) politicians that enact legislation out of political expedience who then bemoan the very law they voted in favor of. (see: Bob Barr and PATRIOT Act, Barack Obama and “sequester”, etc.)

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