DOJ still arguing DOMA applies in Golinski case

Sounds like the DOJ lawyers in California didn’t get the memo about DOMA. The President think it’s unconstitutional. So, why the hell is DOJ still arguing that DOMA applies in the Golinski case?:

The Justice Department says a lesbian federal employee should still be denied permission to add her wife to her health insurance despite the Obama administration’s refusal to defend a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriages.

Government lawyers told a federal judge Monday in San Francisco that the administration will still enforce the Defense of Marriage Act until it is struck down by a court or repealed by Congress. They say its new position on the act’s unconstitutionality is irrelevant.

Um, that the President thinks DOMA is unconstitutional should be hugely relevant.

More on the Golinski case here. It’s been going on for awhile. The Obama administration has been fighting a judge’s order to provide benefits to Golinski’s wife for a couple of years. Enough already. Let John Boehner defend this case, too.


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