- The Washington Times - Friday, February 25, 2011

It’s a good thing Barack Obama is not in charge of defending the law of gravity, or we’d all be floating up to an airless death. Allow me to take off the gloves. As one who helped draft the first version of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I regard Mr. Obama’s order to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to abandon DOMA’s legal defense as lawless, reckless, arrogant and a violation of his oath of office. I think it is an impeachable offense.

I’m just warming up.

Mr. Obama, plus Hillary Rodham Clinton and countless other prominent Democrats - and some useful-idiot Republicans - have been pretending to support marriage while doing everything in their power to undermine it.

If you doubt what they intend, check out Brian Camenker’s shocking expose “What same-sex ‘marriage’ has done to Massachusetts.” Mr. Camenker, who heads the group MassResistance, is warning the nation that there will be no quarter for those who think homosexuality is wrong and that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Putting Catholic Charities out of the adoption business was just the beginning, followed quickly by brainwashing children in government schools and denying people jobs.

Mr. Obama and his minions are counting on our being so shellshocked by the trillions in debt and the spectacle of public-employee union mobs that we won’t notice their ongoing effort to homosexualize America. As newly elected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would say, “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste.”

Of course, when you’re doing things that demand a powerful moral response to match the offense, it helps to face such rhetoric as House Speaker John A. Boehner’s reaction:

“While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation.”

How about: “This is wrong. This is tyrannical. And we will not allow it on our watch.”

Why do so many Republicans, when faced with brash evil, respond with concerns about timing or procedure? Where is Ronald Reagan when you need him?

Mr. Obama and the Democrats, emboldened by the tepid response, are attacking morality from all sides. They are rushing to impose a homosexual law on the nation’s armed forces even before the process has been certified. They are starting with our troops in harm’s way in Afghanistan. Rules? What rules?

They are laying the foundation in a federal hate-crimes law for “hate speech” and expanding a federal stranglehold over education that someday will brook no dissent.

Mr. Obama often misquotes Scripture, which gives some folks the impression that he’s a devout Christian. Maybe he is. But do devout Christians carry water for the culture of Sodom or support partial-birth abortion? This is the man who wants a government monopoly over your most intimate medical decisions and those of your family.

Let’s get back to what presidents are supposed to do, regardless of their religious avowals. They are chief executives, and the Constitution does not empower them to dispense with laws they deem unconstitutional, as President Obama has done with DOMA.

Presidents execute the laws enacted by Congress. Article II requires the president to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

It’s quite a stretch to insist that undermining the very law that ensures that states won’t be forced to accept a moral meltdown does any of that. Until very, very recently, America’s laws - as in the rest of the civilized world - always reflected the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

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