Obama Declares the Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional

President Obama has declared the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. This is not about the merits of the Defense of Marriage Act, this is about an complete abuse of power. Neither the President nor the Attorney General has any right to decide which federal laws they will uphold.

President Obama believes that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and will no longer defend the 15-year-old law in federal court, the Justice Department announced today.

This is unbelievable.

You can read the letter from the DOJ to Speaker Boehner at National Review.

Addendum: Since when does he care about the Constitution? His administration has been in contempt of court, for crying out loud. He’s in contempt of the people.

Update: Memeorandum now has a thread.

Update 2: The Volokh Conspiracy has more on this executive power grab.