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THE SOUTH END — Obama's DOMA stance causes mixed feelings

February 28, 2011
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
February 28, 2011

Obama’s DOMA stance causes mixed feelings

Some Michigan residents celebrate, others are critical

by Eric Skibbe and Isaac Elster / The South End

…”Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan and co-author of the state’s Marriage Protection Amendment, said Obama’s decision was mostly irrelevant in terms of its legal effect.

‘Neither side of this issue trusted or believed the Obama Administration when it previously purported to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court despite the president’s stated support for repealing it,’ he said. ‘We certainly didn’t trust or depend on an aggressively pro-homosexual-agenda administration’s half-hearted legal defense of one-man, one-woman marriage.’

Glenn also said whatever Obama said about the law is unlikely to sway any votes on the U.S. Supreme Court. However, he said the president still made the wrong decision.

‘DOMA — which Obama now declares illegitimate, indefensible and unconstitutional — was signed into law by his Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton, after passing both houses of Congress with overwhelmingly bipartisan, veto-proof support,’ Glenn said. Glenn also said Obama’s position indicts the majority of Democrat voters — including Clinton, Vide President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senator Carl Levin, D-Mich. — who voted for DOMA.

…Glenn also said homosexual activists ‘have never had a bigger cheerleader in the White House’ than Obama, who supports various legislation that ‘combined pose the greatest single threat to religious freedom in America today.’

He said it was also notable that Obama’s stance is at odds with most African-Americans’ for whom support of the classic Christian definition of marriage and opposition to homosexual behavior ‘is stronger…than among any other racial demographic of our citizenry.’”

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