February 23, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, today made the following statement condemning the decision by President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Passed in 1996 during the Clinton Administration, DOMA is a law requiring that states need not recognize same-sex marriages of other states.
"The decision by the Obama Administration runs counter to the notion that duly-passed laws are greater than any one person or administration. It is reprehensible that this administration believes it can unilaterally deem a law, passed by Congress and signed by the President of the United States, unconstitutional and thereby unworthy of defense in court. This is a failure by the Obama Administration to carry out its most basic duty, which is to enforce the law."