Obama pulls defense for law banning gay marriage

President Barack Obama has determined that a federal law that barred gay marriages was unconstitutional and told government lawyers to stop defending it, the Justice Department said on Wednesday, a major reversal that quickly angered conservatives.

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Perilous Times

“This know also, that in the last days perilousStrongs 5467: chalepos, khal-ep-os’; perhaps from 5465 through the idea of reducing the strength; difficult, i.e. dangerous, or (by implication) furious:—fierce, perilous. times shall come.”
—2 Timothy 3:1-2a

Editors note about the word perilousFYI: The Greek word (chalepos) (perilous) is only used one other time in the New Testament, Matthew 8:28. There it is translated as (fierce) when describing the nature of the devils that possess Legion and his cohort.

Spiritual Wickedness

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalitiesStrongs 746: arche, ar-khay´; from 756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank): — beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule., against powersStrongs 1849: exousia, ex-oo-see´-ah; from 1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: — authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength., against the rulersStrongs 2888: kosmokrator, kos-mok-fat´-ore; from 2889 and 2902; a world-ruler, an epithet of Satan: — ruler. of the darknessStrongs 4655: skotos, skot´-os; from the base of 4639; shadiness, i.e. obscurity (literally or figuratively): — darkness. of this worldStrongs 165: aion, ahee-ohn´; from the same as 104; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity (also past); by implication, the world; specially (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future): — age, course, eternal, (for) ever(-more), (n-)ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end). Compare 5550.
Strongs 5550: chronos, khron´-os; of uncertain derivation; a space of time (in general, and thus properly distinguished from 2540, which designates a fixed or special occasion; and from 165, which denotes a particular period) or interval; by extension, an individual opportunity; by implication, delay: — + years old, season, space, (x often-)time(-s), (a) while.
, against spiritualStrongs 4152: pneumatikos, pnyoo-mat-ik-os´; from 4151; non-carnal, i.e. (humanly) ethereal (as opposed to gross), or (daemoniacally) a spirit (concretely), or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious: — spiritual. Compare 5591. wickednessStrongs 4189: poneria, pon-ay-ree´-ah; from 4190; depravity, i.e. (specially), malice; plural (concretely) plots, sins: — iniquity, wickedness. in highStrongs 2032: epouranios, ep-oo-ran´-ee-os; from 1909 and 3772; above the sky: — celestial, (in) heaven(-ly), high. places.”
—Ephesians 6:12

Days of Lot

“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;”
—2Peter 2:6

“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
— Jude 7

“And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.”
—Ecclesiastes 12:5-8

Jesus Said

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.”
—Mark 10:6

A U.S. judge in Boston ruled in 2010 that a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) banning gay marriages was unconstitutional, but the Obama administration appealed, stating that it was obligated to defend U.S. laws.

The hot-button issue of same-sex marriage has been the focus of many judicial and political battles across the country. Gay marriage has only been legalized in the District of Columbia and five of the 50 states — Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Some states have allowed same-sex civil unions, which Obama has supported, but he has opposed full marriage rights for gays and lesbians. In December Obama said that his views about it were “constantly evolving” and “I struggle with this.”

The decision by Obama to drop support for the law in federal courts came after he received a recommendation from Attorney General Eric Holder, who had conducted a detailed review over the past several weeks.

“While both the wisdom and the legality of Section 3 of DOMA will continue to be the subject of both extensive litigation and public debate, this administration will no longer assert its constitutionality in court,” Holder said in a statement.

“DEEPLY DISTURBING”

Holder did say that the administration would continue to enforce the law until it was either repealed or struck down.

The judge in Boston had found that the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, effectively barring gay marriages, violated the U.S. Constitution’s provisions granting equal protection under the law and protecting states’ rights.

Some states have tried to extend marriage rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples to gay couples.

Obama’s move drew a rebuke from conservative Republicans who argued that he could not pick and choose the laws to defend and some termed his decision partisan politics.

“Congress overwhelmingly passed the Defense of Marriage Act, a Democratic president signed it into law, and the Justice Department has a duty to defend it,” said Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. “It is deeply disturbing to see politics further distort the Department of Justice.”

Gay rights groups, which traditionally backed Obama but have been angry that his administration was defending the law, praised the reversal.

The decision is the second major victory for gay rights groups in recent months. In December, the Obama administration successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress to repeal a ban that prevented gay people from openly serving in the military.

Obama has also expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees including healthcare benefits, sick leave and family assistance services.

The move by the Obama administration came as supporters of gay marriage in California pressed a federal appeals court to lift its stay that prevented such unions. A California judge had ruled a statewide ban was unconstitutional.

Opponents of the ban, known as Proposition 8, said that Obama’s move could help their case. “We think that will be very persuasive in the courts that are handling our case,” said Ted Olson, a lawyer representing two same-sex couples in the case.

(Additional reporting by Thomas Ferraro in Washington and Dan Levine in San Francisco; Editing by Eric Walsh)

  1. David Hammond, 23 February, 2011

    President Obama really has no platform to run on in 2012; I can’t think of one positive thing that Obama and friends have done good for our country. It shall be interesting next year. I just wonder if conservatives can get a candidate that isn’t too far right, and more a moderate who can appeal to the working class of this country.

  2. stesse, 06 March, 2011

    With the way things are going into anarchy in this world, a major disruption here in the U.S. could give the man justification to impose martial law and suspend the next elections indefinitely. These are times of uncertainty. Stand on the rock to receive salvation.

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