Today the Department of Justice announced that, per President Obama’s order, it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (hereafter DOMA), enacted by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. DOMA, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, has been under attack from lawsuits and in liberal state legislatures for years. Today’s announcement is a major victory for proponents of same-sex marriage.
We have seen this kind of thing coming for quite some time, and others will rightly opine on how this is an offense before God. I will briefly state what is beyond dispute when one reads the Bible for what it says and holds that it is authoritative over all faith and practice. Homosexuality is a sin. Marriage is created by God for one man and one woman until one of them dies. God has ordained the governments of this world, and governments are supposed to be agents for good.
Isaiah 5:20 says,
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
What President Obama has done, essentially, is give a big “amen” to all of those who oppose the revealed will of God. It is an arrogant and egregious affront to God, who is good and defines good, to substitute darkness for light and light for darkness. God is not to be mocked, but that is what this pronouncement of inaction is, a mocking of the one true God. This is the most serious ramification of today’s announcement.
A lesser, but still serious, ramification of the announcement is what it says about the President’s view of the Constitution and Constitutionally-enacted law. President Obama is, in effect, picking and choosing which laws the Executive Branch of our government will recognize. He has no Constitutional basis for doing this.
The Department of Justice says DOMA is constitutionally sketchy and appeals to the floor debate when the law was passed, saying that the debate included a lot of stereotypical references against homosexuals.
Let’s grant for a moment that the debate did include a lot of stereotypical references. That is absolutely irrelevant to the President’s action today. The fact of the matter is the bill passed and the sitting President signed it, just as the Constitution prescribes. The Executive Branch is not granted the authority by the Constitution of legislative nullification after the fact. So for President Obama to engage in this action is, in my mind, an obstruction of justice (which would arguably lead to impeachment and removal from office). But beyond that, this is the act of a would-be tyrant, to so blazenly ignore the law of the land because you don’t like it. This is what third world dictators do to remain in power.
If the President doesn’t like DOMA he has an option that the Constitution permits. A member of Congress can submit a bill for its repeal and it can undergo the legislative process. If it passes both houses he can sign the repeal bill with a smile on his face. That is how we do things in this country.
But for the Obama administration to go down this road, to take this path, should set off alarm bells for those whose alarm bells about his presidency had long since gone off. The sad truth is that this is not out of character for him. After all, he has voiced his support for legislators in Wisconsin and Indiana running away, out of state, to avoid a vote, blatantly not doing what they were elected to do. It is a bold departure from the principles of a democratic republic, and it makes you wonder what is the next shoe to drop.