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Anti-Gay Group’s Attorney Says DOMA is “Probably Unconstitutional”

Anti-Gay Group’s Attorney Says DOMA is “Probably Unconstitutional”

The anti-gay American Family Association’s general counsel Pat Vaughn said this week that while he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions is “probably unconstitutional.”

In a segment for the AFA Report, host Ed Vitagliano asked Pat Vaughn if he agreed with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s call to impeach President Obama over his recent decision to no longer defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Vaughn responded, “I think that Newt Gingrich is an astute politician and he is playing this for all it’s worth. I think that marriage is defined by God as between a man and a woman.”

“However, the Defense of Marriage Act is probably unconstitutional, particularly … if you attempt to apply it so that to say that a marriage conducted in one state is not in effect in another. That clearly violates the Constitution.”

In the video below you will also see Vaughn clearly admit that, despite claims that the President has overstepped his authority in instructing the Department of Justice to no longer defend Section 3 of the law, this action is not unprecedented. 

Vaughn, however, quickly follows this by saying that Obama “lied to the people” and claims that Obama previously said he supported DOMA.



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9:56AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

I'm so glad that, at least, their lawyer has some common sense!!

8:27PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

It was a federal judge who first ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional. Obama is abiding by our nation's justice system as he should.

5:19PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

What do these idiots we elect not get about seperation of church and state? Are they illiterate or stupid..or could it be... both??

2:57PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Can you spell homophobia?

6:48AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Obama also said that his understanding of the issues was evolving.

4:09AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

There are two reasons for government to care about sex: 1) to know who to hold responsible for rearing children, and 2) to try to slow the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. While a same sex couple is unlikely to bring a child into the world, encouraging homosexuals to settle down in stable, mutually faithful monogamous pairs is likely to slow the spread of sexually transmitted disease compared to the increase in promiscuity likely to result from refusing to recognize a willingness to commit to a stable mutually faithful monogamous relationship between two persons of the same sex.

3:08AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Beware, you are playing with fire. I am condemning no-one, but merely, as a student and teacher of history, warning that sexual promiscuity and deviation have always been one of the first signs of degeneration and decline of any nation.

3:06AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Beware, you are playing with fire. I am condemning no-one, but merely, as a student and teacher of history. warning that sexual promiscuity and deviation have always been one of the first signs of degeneration and decline of any nation.

2:35AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

You know this defence of marriage act-cwap...It wasn't that long ago that marriages between someone caucausian (white) and someone, of the opposite gender, african-american (black) was so against the law it actually sent people to prison, not to mention the persecution by "normal" people. So why, put yourselfs on such high horses and demand and declare that your interpretation of marriage are the correct one?
Everyone opposing equal and civil rights for everyone should be ashamed of themselves and go and stand in the corner!!!

10:06PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

"DOMA" is unconstitutional?

Well....NO SH*T!

It's discriminatory, denies rights to citizens and inflicts religious viewpoints on all of us.

Of COURSE it's a travesty!

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