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The military's ban on gays serving openly is again up in the air after the Justice Department announced it's appealing a federal judge's ruling to overturn the ban.
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Gay rights has long been a controversial issue for many Americans -- but when did it become a black/white thing? Or did it?
When Mr. Obama ordered the Justice Department not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act -- critics say he alienated the black community.
In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says Mr. Obama’s decision that DOMA is unconstitutional could destroy the president.
HUCKABEE: “He alienated the African American community. Overwhelmingly, African-Americans support traditional marriages more than Hispanics and more than whites. Within the white community it’s about 56%. 65% in the Hispanic. 75% in the African American community.”
Huckabee didn’t say where his numbers came from -- but according to the Pew Research Center in 2010 -- 46 percent of white respondents opposed gay marriage -- compared to 59 percent of black respondents.
Still - on Huckabee’s own show -- also on Fox News -- the host interviews the Head of the Black Church Initiative Reverend Anthony Evans, who says ultimately the black church is very unhappy with Mr. Obama’s decision.
EVANS: “... He continued to advocate breaking up that (his) family by interjecting this sort of foreign object called gay marriage and it just doesn’t fit in our congregations and our congregants believe that the president is, seems to be struggling with this issue.”
And the African-American Policy Forum writes -- Mr. Obama is just lying to the American people.
“It isn’t that he and his administration just now concluded that DOMA is unconstitutional. The President has long thought that. ... The Administration’s position on DOMA now would be more worthy of respect if he had been more honest from the beginning.”
But the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization for the black LGBT community, says this issue isn’t black and white -- and thanks the President for his crusade for equality.
“The President’s decision to stop defending DOMA lawsuits moves our nation away from embracing discriminatory, punitive policies and significantly closer to recognizing the fundamental liberty for all Americans.”
And panelist on the weekly show “Our World with Black Enterprise” says gay rights really is a civil rights issue, and adds the black community needs to understand civil rights is not just a race thing.
SPEAKER: “Even as an African-American community we often think about civil rights only as black people. But even if we’re talk about black people, some black people are gay, some black people are lesbian, some black people are transgendered, and if they’re in school and they’re being harassed not on the basis of race, but on the basis of their gender or sexual identity, we have to have the same sense of urgency, right?”
So how could this affect the president in 2012? Some church leaders tell The Washington Post this issue really isn’t the end-all-be-all. And a professor at NYU tells the Post Mr. Obama’s decision could even change the black community’s view on gay rights.
"Given that a sub-share of black voters are so loyal to Obama, and he commands a fair amount of respect, my instinct is that a public change of heart on his part to support gay marriage could have a substantial impact on black voters.”
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It’s a high-profile divorce in the battle over the Defense of Marriage Act.
The law firm hired to defend the law backed out Monday -- dealing an early blow to House Republicans’ efforts to define marriage as between a man and a woman. (VIDEO FROM KNTV)
CNN’s Dana Bash is one of many suggesting the firm – Atlanta-based King & Spalding – dropped out after pressure from rights groups.
“You’ll remember that the Justice Department, the Obama Justice Department, said they would not defend the case. The House Speaker then hired private counsel and the firm that was hired were under intense pressure from gay rights activists to not take this case.”
In a statement the firm’s chairman explained the decision to take the case in the first place was “inadequately vetted.”
That prompted a partner with the firm – Paul Clement – to resign in protest. In a letter to the firm he wrote, “I resign out of the firmly held belief that a representation should not be abandoned because the client’s legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters.”
Clement will continue to represent the House in the case -- but with a different firm. On MSNBC - Jonathan Capehart and Andrew Mitchell explain why House Republicans sought legal representation even after the Obama administration announced it wouldn’t defend DOMA.
CAPEHART: “...it is within the right of Congress, within the right of the House of Representatives, to defend the law if they want to. And that's why Speaker Boehner went to the effort to hire a law firm, hire a lead attorney to defend this case.”
MITCHELL: “Everyone is entitled to representation. That is an article of faith in our Constitution.”
Two Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnists offer dueling reactions.
Jay Bookman writes, “...Clement is certainly right about the fundamental importance of even unpopular clients and causes being represented... So while I think Clement’s wrong and hope he loses, I’m glad he’s sticking with the case as a matter of principle.”
But Cynthia Tucker counters, “...it is one thing for a law firm to represent an unpopular person accused of a crime, but another thing entirely to represent an idea that is bigoted, irrational and morally wrong.”
Politico reports - before King & Spalding withdrew -- rights groups were planning public protests of the firm -- including a full-page ad set to appear in Tuesday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The conservative group National Organization for Marriage announced late Monday it was investigating King & Spaulding’s decision to drop its defense of DOMA.
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The Justice Department says it’s moving forward with charges against the former Senator for allegedly using campaign donations to cover up an affair.
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