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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Eric Holder's DOMA Problem

This is my biggest problem with Eric Holder's argument for not defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on grounds that it isn't Constitutional. The argument that DOMA is unconstitutional is an extremely valid one; the argument that the definition of marriage should be left to the states is an extremely valid one. At its essence, that is the argument made by Holder and Obama. The problem is it is beyond disingenuous for this administration to seize the mantle of the Constitution in any of its arguments.

For example, just this week, Eric Holder said that prosecuting the Black Panthers case 'demeans' his 'people' because it apparently pales in comparison to what blacks have suffered in the past. There's a problem with that and it's the Fifteenth Amendment, which says the following:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Tack onto that the fact that despite video evidence that Planned Parenthood was enabling the furtherance of underage sex trafficking, Holder announced that he will not prosecute despite the group being federally funded.

Via TPM:
Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that the FBI has declined to prosecute in connection with a series of incidents where a man entered Planned Parenthood and claimed to be a pimp operating a sex trafficking ring. Those incidents were later revealed to be part of a video "sting" by the anti-abortion group LiveAction.

"It is my understanding that the FBI actually has looked at that matter" and "prosecution was declined in that matter," Holder's commented in a hearing of the House Appropriations subcommittee.
So the Department of Justice will not investigate crimes against children perpetrated by an organization that receives federal funds and it will not enforce the Fifteenth Amendment but it will argue that DOMA is unconstitutional.


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