Restricted homosexual rights clearly government's discrimination
Due to recent actions of the Obama administration and House Speaker Boehner, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has returned to the public consciousness. Although the law aspires to uphold the institution of marriage, it unconstitutionally upholds prejudices against homosexual relationships, which have no defensible legal basis.
The DOMA debate focuses on two sections: Section 2, which frees states and the federal government from all obligations related to the recognition of gay marriage; and Section 3, which defines marriage exclusively as between one man and one woman. Section 2 allows states to choose which marriages to honor based on whether or not they are between heterosexuals. Normally, states are required to recognize the acts of another state, so a couple married in Massachusetts can still be married when they move to South Carolina. The new state gives them the privileges afforded to other married couples there. DOMA exempts states from this rule in the case of gay marriages. However, since states currently have no problem with the burden of honoring other states' homosexual marriages, their only possible problem with honoring gay marriages is the "gay" part — which is undeniably discrimination.
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