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Follow-up: Obama administration responds to Judge Kozinski

Back in November, I posted about the Obama administration's reaction to an administrative ruling by Judge Kozinski of the 9th Circuit Court ordering spousal benefits be awarded to the same-sex spouse of one of the court's employees. The ruling was made with full awareness (and a discussion of) DOMA, and asserted that DOMA was not relevant in this ruling for various reasons. The Obama administration had ignored the decision, so Judge Kozinski issued an administrative order backing the decision, giving the Obama administration 30 days to respond.

The Obama administration has now responded, issuing a press release that basically chants DOMA DOMA DOMA DOMA and ignores the Judge's ruling that this odious piece of legislation doesn't apply here. John Aravosis at AmericaBlog is intensely displeased.

On a related topic, Newsweek makes "Obama Does Nada on Gay Rights" one of their top 10 predictions for 2010, seeing as how it's an election year and Mr. Obama's complete inaction ("almost nothing," as Newsweek puts it) to date has demonstrated that he wants nothing to do with the "culture wars." This would indeed be the normal part of this cycle. We have that against Representative Frank's assertion that there would indeed be movement on DADT, at least, in 2010. Either way, we'll see.
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