Remember those feelings of pride and respect for your fellow man you felt brewing inside of you last week when President Obama announced that he believes the Defense Of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional, and that he had instructed the U.S. Department of Justice to no longer enforce it? Do please try to bottle that feeling up and save some for later, because things are about to get ugly in D.C.
DOMA, most of you know, is the federal act that pretty much allows states to outright ban marriage between same-sex couples, and gives states the authority to not recognize gay marriages performed in other states. It was signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton in the 90’s, and Republicans today largely use this fact as “proof” that marriage equality is a kneejerk reaction to the…wait for it…Gay Agenda. Because every single thing our country said was right 20 years ago is still just as correct today, right?
Then where did Party of Five, Xena: Warrior Princess, and all those Tamagotchis go? I rest my case.
In any case, Steve King, a Republican Congressman from Iowa, has vowed to strip our nation’s Department of Justice of it’s funding until he gets his way (Which for the record would be the absolutely insane case of the President saying he will resume defending a law that he finds unconstitutional – which he has already announced to the entire world).
Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King says he wants to penalize the Obama administration for its decision to drop a legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act with fresh budget cuts for the Department of Justice.
“We have the authority to do a few things, and one of them is to control the budget,” King said in an interview with ABC News from Frankfurt, Germany, where he has been attending trade meetings this week.
Rep. King is seriously seeking to shut down the FBI, the National Security Division, the U.S. Marshall Services, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and dozens of other imperative national offices in order to keep gay Americans from marrying their loved ones. Way to effectively govern, jerk!
The good news is that this plan is clearly batshit crazy. The bad news is that all sorts of batshit crazy legislation keeps being taken seriously. We’re looking at you, “Don’t Say Gay” Bill and “Miscarriages Are Murder” Law. But shutting down the crime enforcement arm of the federal government is an extraordinarily crazy idea, right? Right? Someone please tell me I’m right.
Can you believe the steps Republicans are taking to keep gays from equality?