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Marriage on Trial - Round Two - Listen and Read for Yourself!
MIAMI-Media reports indicate the U.S. Supreme Court may be ready strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton, which protects taxpayer funds and federal marriage benefits for a legally married man and woman.
Justice Anthony Kennedy warned of the "risks" that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) infringes upon the traditional role of the states in defining marriage, he continued referring to DOMA as "inconsistent" because it purports to give authority to the states to define marriage while limiting recognition of those determinations. On the liberal side of the bench, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan echoed some of Kennedy's concerns about the states' rights issue. "What gives the federal government the right to be concerned at all about the definition of marriage?" Sotomayor said.
In response, Christian Family Coalition (CFC) issued the following statement:
“While we certainly appreciate Justice Kennedy’s ‘concerns’ that DOMA infringes upon the traditional role of the states in defining marriage, where was he yesterday in respecting the dignity and full equal rights of the voters of California when they selflessly took upon themselves the traditional role of defining marriage for their state? The same can be said of Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan’s supposed ‘concerns’ about the states’ rights issue. If the federal government (legislative and executive branches), as Justice Sotomayor claims, does not have the right to be concerned at all about defining marriage, then likewise, what gives the third co-equal branch of government (judiciary) the right to be concerned at all about the definition of marriage?
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