Do I look that stupid?
Tuesday on NPR's Morning Edition, reality was presented:
Nina Totenberg: In notifying Congress of its decision not to legally defend DOMA, the Obama administration said it would continue to enforce the law so that Congress could defend it in court. In other words, the administration said it would, with one hand, enforce the law to preserve a live legal case. But at the same time, it would tell the courts it believes the law is unconstitutional.
Thus, in yesterdays California case, the administration said the Federal Office of Personnel Management would continue to deny health care benefits to legal same-sex spouses of federal court employees. And Last week, the administration said the IRS would refuse to recognize the marital status of an 81-year-old widow, who was legally married in 2007 to her same-sex partner of 44 years. The IRS action means that the widow owes $360,000 in taxes that would not be owed if her spouse were a man.
Some former Justice Department officials are critical of this two-track approach, contending that if a president really thinks a law is unconstitutional, he should not enforce it.Get it? What's to praise?
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