Contact: Curt Smith, President, Indiana Family Institute(317) 423-9178
IFI CONDEMNS THE DECISION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Indianapolis, Indiana (February 24, 2011) - Yesterday President Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will abandon its responsibility to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. As strong defenders of traditional marriage and supporters of DOMA, Indiana Family Institute (IFI) condemns this decision.
IFI shares the perspective of Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council (FRC), who said of the recent decision:
"This decision by President Obama and the Department of Justice is appalling. The President's failure to defend DOMA is also a failure to fulfill his oath to 'faithfully execute the office of President of the United States.' What will be the next law that he will choose not to enforce or uphold?
Marriage as a male-female union has been easily defended in court and overwhelmingly supported by the American people. There is absolutely no excuse beyond pandering to his liberal political base for President Obama's decision to abandon his constitutional role to defend a federal law enacted overwhelmingly by Congress.
With this decision the President has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging Congress. It is incumbent upon the Republican leadership to respond by intervening to defend DOMA, or they will become complicit in the President's neglect of duty."
In 1996, DOMA was passed by an overwhelming, bi-partisan majority of Congress (342-67 in the House and 85-14 in the Senate) and signed into law by President Clinton.
Furthermore, this federal threat to the definition of marriage makes it all the more necessary for Indiana to join the 30 other states who have defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman within their state constitutions.
For more information on the Defense of Marriage Act, read FRC’s explanation here.