Department of Justice won’t defend DOMA, advocates “heightened scrutiny”

Old news by now, but I am including the post by request to facilitate discussion.

Some see it as a way to maintain support among younger voters since they favor gay marriage. I think this puts more pressure on the GOP to come out strongly against gay marriage in order to differentiate the party on the issue. While I think that would be misguided and cut against them in the general election, I am pretty sure this will be a big deal聽during the primary season.

To better understand the legal issues involved, see this article which reviews the different types of scrutiny a discriminatory law must go through. Also here is AG Holder’s letter laying out the Administration’s position and support for a heightened scrutiny analysis.

To those who say equal rights is not linked with legal assessments of status, I say read the letter and this article.

Bringing Clinton Back – Holder on hold for Attorney General

Barack Obama is floating Eric Holder (Bill Clinton’s Deputy AG) as his Atty General pick. Add this name to John Podesta (co-chair transition team), Rahm Emanuel (Chief of Staff) and Hillary (if the Secretary of State story turns out to be true) and you have a Clinton reunion. Surely Obama could find something for Bill to do.
I can hear justin timberlake now…”I’m bringing Clinton back. Them other pols don’t know how to act…”