Cuccinelli believes DOMA policy shift won’t impact Virginia
The Federal Defense of Marriage Act is essentially no more, after the Obama administration announced a new policy regarding the controversial law. The Department of Justice will no longer defend the law in Federal Court. It essentially takes the feds out of the gay marriage debate and leaves the decision-making process all up to the states. That includes interpreting the validity of same-sex unions declared in other states.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli feels the policy shift won’t change much in Virginia. Here is my story from NBC12:
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Supporters of gay marriage are celebrating a major victory tonight. President Barack Obama has instructed the Department of Justice to no longer defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The law gave states the right to ignore marriages and civil unions between same sex couples from other states. Even though it will no longer be challenged, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli claims it won’t impact gay marriage in Virginia.
Currently only a handful of states recognize marriages or civil- unions between people of the same sex.
Under the provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act those relationships have no legal standing anywhere but in the state where they took place.
President Obama determined that those provisions could not be defended in the constitution.
“The president’s position on the Defense of Marriage Act has been consistent,’ said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “He has long opposed it as unnecessary and unfair”.
…read the full story on NBC12.com.