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EDITORIAL: Fighting for fairness

Illustration by || Patrick Higgins || [email protected]

On Feb. 23 history was made when the Obama administration withdrew its support from the Defense of Marriage Act and ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the law in court. It’s a big step in the right direction towards reversing the same-sex marriage ban.

The Defense Of  Marriage Act prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage and declares that the federal government recognizes marriageas between one man and one woman. For the first two years of his presidency, Obama and his administration supported DOMA, and the Justice Department defended the law in court.

Some gay rights advocates have been skeptical about Obama’s support for their causes, but now there is reason to believe that Obama will be hopping off the fence shortly and plans to land on their side.

Recent polls show a steady rise insupport for same-sex marriage, and in a 2010Associated Press-National Constitution CenterPoll, 52 percent of Americans said they believe the federal government should legalize same-sex marriage.

In terms of the actual law, Obama’s bold move doesn’t really change anything yet, but it opens the door for more legislation to repeal the law. It does not nullify DOMA, so it is still an active law.
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So why did Obama suddenly withdraw his support from DOMA and order the Justice Department to stop defending it?

In an interview with The New York Times, Senator Charles E. Grassley said Obama’s recent switch was “clearly based more on politics than on law.”

In an interview with ABC News, researcher for the conservative Heritage Foundation Chuck Donovan said, “The Obama Administration has apparently decided to drop its mask and publicly switch sides.”

With the 2012 presidential elections looming closer and support for same-sex marriage on the rise, it would seem that Obama’s decision was made at an opportune time with heavy political implications.

However, if it brings our country one step closer to liberty and justice for all, then we should celebrate Obama’s decision instead of scrutinizing his motives.

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