Apparently, Eric Holder as Attorney General just announced that critical sections of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and that the Obama administration will no longer seek to enforce it in court.
There will be all sorts of screaming and yelling from the political right-wing on this, but bear in mind… there’s only one politician in America right now who was first in his Harvard law school class, Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and is also a published constitutional scholar in his own right.
Right, that would be Mr. Barack H. Obama.
Oh, and in case there’s any doubt about this…
Article IV – The States
Section 1 – Each State to Honor all others
Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.
That means that if a state like, say, my home state of Connecticut passes a law that says that we issue marriage licenses (a public record) to a male-male couple, or a female-female couple, then even Mississippi has to respect Connecticut’s choice to issue that marriage license, and respect it as much as they expect Connecticut to respect a Mississippi marriage license.
The seventh graders in my history class get this. It was obvious the moment they read this clause in the Constitution.