March 10, 2011 5:51 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • Following the Obama Administration’s decision to stop defending portions of the Defense of Marriage Act Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon joined fellow Republicans in signing a congressional resolution to protect the law.

“I have serious concerns about the Administration arbitrarily overreaching and unilaterally determining the constitutionality of legislation, a move that should be left for the courts to decide,” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said in a statement.

McKeon noted that the Defense of Marriage Act has been official law for 14 years since it was passed by Congress in 1996 with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

The Justice Department has a responsibility to defend the laws passed by Congress regardless of the personal and political views of the President or the Attorney General, the congressman said.

McKeon noted nearly 40 states have enacted state-level DOMAs, and 31 have embraced traditional marriage in their state constitutions.

Specifically, the house resolution condemns the Obama administration’s direction that the Department of Justice should discontinue defending the Defense of Marriage Act and demands that the Department of Justice continue to defend the law in all instances.

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