Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Obama's DOJ: States Should Violate Oath for Gays

President Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder is advising state attorneys general to violate their oath of office -- to uphold the constitution upon which they were sworn into office -- regarding advocacy for same-sex marriage.  Holder justifies this lawlessness by equating discrimination against deviant sexual lifestyle choices to discrimination against race by citing the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case
"If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal facilities."
-- Eric Holder, U.S. "top law enforcement official"
For background, read Obama DOJ Negates Voters in 34 States: Gay Agenda

In addition, read President Obama Edicts Homosexual 'Marriage' to ALL States and also read how Obama's examples of lawlessness are spreading in federal government, as well as in state and local governments across America.

UPDATE 3/3/14 - American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs Christians

UPDATE 2/27/14: Holder, said to be in good health, suffers heart-attack-like symptoms, taken to hospital, shortly after anti-marriage speech

-- From "State lawyers don't have to defend gay marriage bans: Holder" by Eric M. Johnson, Reuters 2/25/14

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's comments to the New York Times came after at least five state lawyers, all of them Democrats, came under fire for refusing to try and defeat legal challenges to bars on same-sex unions in their areas.

Attorneys general should base their decision on whether to defend their states in such cases, not on politics, but on questions of guarantees under the U.S. Constitution, such as equal protection of the law, Holder added.

"Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that's appropriate for an attorney general to do," Holder told the New York Times.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Holder Sees Way to Curb Bans on Gay Marriage" by Matt Apuzzo, New York Times 2/24/14

It is highly unusual for the United States attorney general to advise his state counterparts on how and when to refuse to defend state laws. . . .

In his role as the administration’s leading voice on civil rights issues, he has at times earned sharp criticism from Republicans who see him as infringing on state autonomy. . . .

Colorado’s attorney general, John W. Suthers, a Republican, has also warned against attorneys general making decisions about which laws to defend.

“I personally oppose a number of Colorado’s laws as a matter of public policy, and a few are contrary to my religious beliefs,” Mr. Suthers wrote in The Washington Post this month. “But as my state’s attorney general, I have defended them all — and will continue to.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Wisconsin AG Van Hollen unhappy with Holder comments regarding gay marriage" by Wheeler News Service posted at WTAQ-1360AM (Green Bay, WI) 2/25/14

Wisconsin's [attorney general] J.B. Van Hollen says it's not Holder's job to give advice on defending state constitutions -- and it's not the states' roles to give Holder advice on how to do his job.

Wisconsin's 2006 constitutional ban on gay marriage was challenged earlier this month, in a federal lawsuit that Van Hollen says he'll try to strike down.

Holder is expected to discuss his stance in a speech today to the national AG's group. Democratic attorneys general in several states have refused to defend their state gay marriage bans, while Republicans said they have an obligation to defend all state laws -- not just the ones they agree with.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Holder Blasted For Encouraging State AGs to Ignore Same-Sex Marriage Bans" by Barbara Hollingsworth, CNSNews.com 2/25/14

“Eric Holder apparently isn't satisfied with refusing to carry out his own oath to defend the Constitution, he wants to see state attorneys general do the same,” responded Carrie Severino, chief counsel to the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN).

“Hotly-debated political issues like the redefinition of a marriage are precisely the type of thing that must be left to the voters of a state, not the fiat of a single state officer,” she added.

RAGA chairman Alan Wilson, South Carolina’s attorney general, agreed. “This administration is repeatedly ignoring the rule of law. We’re seeing the same thing happen with Obamacare as the Obama administration continues to pick and choose which parts of the law they will enforce and which they will delay without legislative action.

To read the entire petition, CLICK HERE.

From "Eric Holder To State AGs: You Don't Have To Defend Gay Marriage Bans" by Ashley Alman, The Huffington Post 2/25/14

[In response to Holder . . .]

"When legal arguments exist to defend a law, it is the duty of the Office of the Attorney General under North Carolina law to make those arguments in court regardless of whether I agree with the law," said North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper (D), who personally supports same-sex marriage.

“It really isn’t [Holder's] job to give us advice on defending our constitutions any more than it’s our role to give him advice on how to do his job,” Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) told the Times. “We are the ultimate defenders of our state constitutions.”

Back in 2010, Holder sounded more like Cooper, arguing in reference to DOMA that the Justice Department "has a responsibility to defend those statutes that the Congress has passed if there is an argument that can be made to defend those statutes."

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From "Holder: Discriminatory laws don’t need defending" by The Associated Press 2/25/14

State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday.

Holder cited his own experience in refusing to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act, as well as similar stances taken more recently by state attorneys general, in saying that laws raising questions of equal protection deserve a higher level of scrutiny. Any refusal to defend a state law must not be made lightly, he said, but it’s imperative to uphold the values “that all are created equal and entitled to equal opportunity.”

His own view, he said, is that “we must be suspicious of legal classifications based solely on sexual orientation.”

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From "Eric Holder becomes an activist attorney general" by Evan Perez, CNN Justice Reporter 2/21/14

The key mile-marker in Holder's five-year tenure is President Barack Obama's February 2011 decision -- with Holder's recommendation -- to quit legally defending the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act. The law required the federal government to deny recognition of same-sex marriages.

"When you look at his entire record, Eric Holder will have done more to expand justice in the United States than any attorney general since Bobby Kennedy," says Matthew Miller, a former aide to Holder who remains close to the attorney general.

Holder's most aggressive moves have come in recent weeks with an aggressive interpretation of last year's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Falling Down on the Job - State AGs shirk their duty to defend state laws" by Edward Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., posted at The Weekly Standard 2/17/14

Under well-settled principles of the American adversary system, a lawyer is ethically obligated to represent his client’s legal position zealously in court. That means, among other things, that if there are nonfrivolous arguments that can be advanced in support of a client’s position, the lawyer should advocate that position when the lawyer determines that it is in the client’s strategic interest to do so. Under narrow circumstances, a lawyer may withdraw from representing a client in a matter. But he may never fail to advocate a defensible position simply because he personally believes it to be legally incorrect.

By virtue of his office, a state attorney general is the top lawyer for his client, the state. Except for laws still on the books that are clearly invalid under existing judicial rulings, the only sensible legal position to impute to the state is that its laws—the provisions of the state constitution and the statutes consistent with those provisions—are valid and enforceable. The attorney general’s obligations as a lawyer therefore require him to vigorously defend any of those laws against challenge under federal law so long as there are reasonable (i.e., nonfrivolous) grounds for doing so.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Constitution Check: Must government lawyers defend laws they deem to be invalid?" by Lyle Denniston, Constitution Daily 2/25/14

. . . state attorneys general who concluded individually that their state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional [were] well aware of the ethical obligation that an attorney has to zealously represent the client – in these cases, the federal government or the state government. That also is a legal obligation on each as the government’s chief lawyer.  For the U.S. attorney general, the legal obligation is a constitutional command: as a Cabinet officer, the attorney general, too, is bound by Article II’s mandate that the Executive Branch “faithfully execute” the laws.  Similar duties are imposed on state attorneys general.

Each of those legal officers, however, also has to take an oath to defend the Constitution.  In the situation each faced, they concluded that they could not do both.  And, in each, these officers chose to stop defending their government’s law.

To read the entire opinion column above arguing in favor of Obama administration lawlessness, CLICK HERE.

From "Coalition Of Black Pastors Call For Holder Impeachment Over Same-Sex Marriage" posted at CBS News Washington, DC 2/25/14

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) is calling for Holder’s impeachment for “attempting to impose ‘same-sex marriage’ throughout the nation despite federal law, rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, and state constitutional amendments to the contrary,” reads the online petition.

“What we have in Attorney General Holder is a man so political in his zeal to redefine marriage that he is willing to run roughshod over the rulings of the Supreme Court, binging federal law, and the United States Constitution along with the constitutions of a majority of states,” the Rev. Bill Owens, founder and president of CAAP, said in a statement.

The CAAP’s petition calling for Holder’s impeachment says that Holder’s position on the matter is in opposition to the values of the black community, and similarly faults President Barack Obama for his support of same-sex marriage.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

For background, read Black Pastors Split with NAACP, Obama on Gay Agenda

From "Black pastors want Eric Holder impeached" by Bob Unruh, World Net Daily 2/25/14

[Rev. Bill Owens said,] “It’s one thing to make a political argument that gay marriage should be the law, but it’s quite another to take actions that ignore federal law, Supreme Court rulings and the constitutions of dozens of states that have specifically rejected the redefinition of marriage which the administration is trying to impose.”

“The pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright has only continued,” Olson said at that time. “The American people deserve answers and accountability. If the attorney general refuses to provide answers, then Congress must take action.”

Olson ‘s cosponsors are Reps. Larry Buschon, R-Ind., Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, David Roe R-Tenn., Randy Weber, R-Texas, Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., Roger Williams, R-Texas, Ted Yoho, R-Fla., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas., Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Bill Flores, R-Texas, Mark Amodei, R-Nev., Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., Sam Johnson, R-Texas, Steve Stockman, R-Texas, Mike Conaway, R-Texas and Thomas Massie, R-Ky.

To read the entire petition, CLICK HERE.

From "Holder has abandoned his Oath" petition posted by the Coalition of African American Pastors 2/25/14

. . . our elected leaders are bent on destroying marriage, remaking it as a genderless institution and reorienting it to be all about the desires of adults rather than the needs of children.

In pursuing this intention, the President and his administration are trampling the rule of law. Attorney General Holder in particular has used the influence of his office and role as the chief law enforcement figure in our nation to try to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda. Millions of voters in 30 states have voted to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman, but Attorney General Holder is attempting single-handedly to throw those votes away!

To read the entire petition, CLICK HERE.

In addition, read President Obama's Department of Justice Forces Employees to Celebrate Deviancy and separately the DOJ Forces School Girl into Boys Locker Room

And also read School Doesn't Back Gay Agenda, Obama Investigates