Is not having the Justice Department continue to fight for the “Defense of Marriage Act” an impeachable offense? Conservative icon Newt Gingrich seems to think so, although he’s now backtracking once his comments hit the main stream media. Gingrich, considered by some to be a 2012 Presidential contender, compared President Obama’s refusal to continue to defend the act akin to a Republican president unilaterally decided to overturn Roe V. Wade.
Via The Hill:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) stressed Friday that he does not believe President Obama should be impeached in reaction to an interview he gave where impeachment of the president was discussed.
Gingrich, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, pushed back hard against the characterization of his interview with the conservative Newsmax magazine, during which he was asked if President Obama should be impeached over his decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
“Congress has every responsibility to demand President Obama live up to his constitutional obligations, but impeachment is clearly not an appropriate action,” Gingrich said in a statement, released after news outlets had interpreted Gingrich’s statements to Newsmax as suggesting that Obama could be impeachable for not executing the law regarding DOMA.
In the interview, Gingrich said that if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) had been elected president and taken a similar action, she would be hearing calls for impeachment.
“Imagine that she had announced that Roe v. Wade in her judgment was unconstitutional and therefore the United States government would no longer protect anyone’s right to have an abortion because she personally had decided it should be changed,” he said. “The news media would have gone crazy. The New York Times would have demanded her impeachment.”
Asked if Obama’s decision is impeachable, Gingrich said, “I think that’s something you get into much later, but it is clearly a dereliction of duty and is a violation of his constitutional oath.”
Of course, Roe V. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court, and hence proven constitutional, where as DOMA never has been. And Roe V. Wade regards giving all women access to abortion regardless of income level, creating equality among the gender regardless of class, where as DOMA actually creates discrimination by only allowing certain people to get married.
Gingrich himself has been divorced and married three times, so as an expert on the sanctity of marriage, his credentials are somewhat lacking.
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