Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ron Paul - The "Libertarian" - Defends DOMA

     The self-proclaimed Libertarian leaning Republican Ron Paul of Texas has surprisingly come out in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act. In a speech to social conservatives in Iowa, Paul claimed that
"I see that as an act that was prohibiting the move to nationalize it and force Iowa to accept the rules of Massachusetts or whatever."
      As I have previously stated on this blog, the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution that Paul is making reference here too, does not in any way require that states recognize the marriages performed in other states if the strong public policy of the receiving state contradicts the sending one. 

      Additionally, I do not see how Paul - as a states rights supporter - can legitimately claim that DOMA is good for states rights, when the law CLEARLY discriminates against individual states definition of marriage. As I have asked before, why is it that Tennessee gets more authority under federal law to define marriage in their jurisdiction than Massachusetts? The Federal Government is clearly playing favorites.

       Though I am not necessarily a fan of what the Obama administration did in deciding not to defend DOMA, I find it increasingly funny that the social conservatives ( and those who are vying for their approval) are contradicting their foundational Constitutional principles so that they can keep a law that they socially agree with.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if we will ever see the day (in America) when we actually live up to the ideal that America is The Land of The Free. What a disappointment this country has turned out to be. I can not see the logic that denying same sex marriage is somehow protecting traditional marriage.

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