President Obama has recently announced that the federal government will no longer defend legal challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which allows states to decline to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The President’s decision was based on a recommendation from the DOJ that the law is unconstitutional. GOP, and some democratic, lawmakers have lambasted the President’s decision as a dereliction of his duty, saying that it’s up to the courts to decide what laws are unconstitutional and that the executive branch must defend the laws passed by congress regardless of its opinions about the laws’ constitutionality.
This comes at a time when the tide (to me at least) seems to be turning more in favor of same-sex marriage and against the patchwork of laws (like California’s prop 8) which prohibit it. The Church has been fairly silent on this issue for some time now. What do you think? Are we at the point when same-sex marriage is going to begin to see more widespread acceptance? Is the President’s decision correct? Should the Church weigh in on this issue again, and if so, how?