Breaking News: Obama Administration Concludes D.O.M.A. is Unconstitutional
Jay Carney announced today that the administration will no longer defend D.O.M.A. having concluded the law is unconstitutional.
"The administration will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in the Second Circuit," he states. "Furthermore, the president directed the attorney general not to defend, because of the decision that it is not constitutional, defend the Defense of Marriage Act in any other circuit in any other case."
Carney adds that on gay marriage, Obama is "grappling with the issue." (12:56 p.m.)
After two and a half years of defending it as constitutional, I wonder if the Plaintiffs will seek costs and counsel fees. I bet they will be happy enough with the victory.
I'm not looking to slog it out again over gay marriage since we just did that last week here.
But the reversal by the President and the ramification it has on federalism and his view of it might make for some tasty gravy.