Obama DOJ lies again to gay community

They think you’re stupid. They think you don’t know that Democratic and Republican administrations in the past have both refused to defend laws in court. They think you’ll never find out that President Obama has refused to enforce lots of laws since he’s been sworn in. They think that if they repeat the same lie enough, you’ll stop believing the truth: that they had a choice.

Here’s what President Obama’s Department of Justice had to say yesterday about why they continue to defend “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in court:

In a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press, the Justice Department said it is “defending the statute, as it traditionally does when acts of Congress are challenged.”

No, that’s a lie. To be accurate, the statement should have read either:

The Justice Department is defending the states, as it often does when acts of Congress are challenged.

Or:

The Justice Department is defending the states, as it traditionally does when acts of Congress are challenged, and the administration believes the act to be politically and socially not so important.

As a former Clinton White House official explained for us in detail:

From my experience, in a case where, as here, there are important political and social issues at stake, the president’s relationship with the Justice Department should work like this: The president makes a policy decision first and then the very talented DOJ lawyers figure out how to apply it to actual cases. If the lawyers cannot figure out how to defend a statute and stay consistent with the president’s policy decision, the policy decision should always win out.

No, the administration does not traditionally defend current law in court. They defend such laws when the matter does not rise to a level of particular importance on a political or social level for the President in power. And this White House has decided that our community, and civil rights, clearly do not.

If they respected us, if they wanted to help us, they wouldn’t continually lie to us in an effort to explain away the damage that they are causing to our civil rights.


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