Gov't Seeks to Uphold DOMA in Gay Lawyer Suit

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One week after the Obama administration announced it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the Justice Department is moving to deny a lesbian federal employee permission to add her spouse to her health insurance.

The decision comes after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals twice ruled that the wife of Karen Golinski, a 9th Circuit attorney, be added to her insurance.

Federal attorneys told a San Francisco judge on Monday that the government would continue to enforce DOMA until it's repealed by Congress or struck down by a federal court.

Meanwhile, social conservatives have promised to make same-sex marriage a key campaign issue in next year's elections.
    
GOP House leaders, including Speaker John Boehner, said they are considering challenging the administration's decision to drop its defense of DOMA in federal court.
    
They argued that President Obama is allowing his personal views keep him from his duty to defend the laws of the land.

Does the Obama administration have the authority to opt out of defending certain laws? Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, addressed that question and more on the CBN News Channel's Morning News, March 1.

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