Representative McKeon Joins Others in Defending the DOMA

(Best Syndication News) Congressman Buck McKeon has joined other Republicans in Congress to protect the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The law, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, has come under fire from the Obama Administration. There have been several lawsuits filed against the United States concerning its constitutionality.

Last month Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo regarding the lawsuits, which his office will have to handle. Holder said that the law may not stand up to constitutional scrutiny.

“The President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny,” the memo read.

McKeon and others in Congress disagree with this interpretation.

“I have serious concerns about the Administration arbitrarily overreaching and unilaterally determining the constitutionality of legislation, a move that should be left for the courts to decide,” McKeon tells Best Syndication. “The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by Congress in 1996 with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It has been official law for 14 years. That’s why I signed onto a resolution this week to reverse the Administration’s unruly decision not to defend DOMA.”

Since the Justice Department has decided not to defend the law, McKeon has signed H. Cons. Res 25 by Rep Vicky Hartzler (R-MO). “The Justice Department has a responsibility to defend the laws passed by Congress regardless of the personal and political views of the President or the Attorney General,” McKeon said.

By: Dan Wilson

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