A sign of the anti-nomian spirit of this age? A sign of what liberals truly think about law and their own power?
Eric Holder: Discriminatory laws don’t need defending
Attorney General Eric Holder says state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same sex-marriage if they don’t believe that those laws are constitutional. [So, Holder thinks it is okay to violate your oath of office and enforce laws selectively according to your personal beliefs. That’s what Pres. Obama does, and he signs Holder’s check.]
Holder made the remarks Tuesday at a winter meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General.
He says decisions not to defend state laws should not be steeped in political disagreements [?!?] and instead “must be reserved only for exceptional circumstances.” But Holder says “we must be suspicious of legal classifications based solely on sexual orientation” and that upholding equal rights is an important principle. [Same-sex stuff is NOT… NOT a civil rights issue! That is how it is being framed, but it is NOT a civil rights issue. It is NOT comparable to the civil rights movement based on race from the 50’s and 60’s.]
“Any decisions – at any level – not to defend individual laws must be exceedingly rare,” Holder said. [Once is too much and once you do that, you do it again… and again…] “They must be reserved only for exceptional circumstances. And they must never stem merely from policy or political disagreements [Do you believe him? I don’t. No a word.] – hinging instead on firm constitutional grounds. But in general, I believe we must be suspicious of legal classifications based solely on sexual orientation.”
Democratic attorneys general in six states – Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Oregon and Nevada – have declined to defend same-sex marriage bans against lawsuits filed by gay couples.
From the NYT:
As an example, Mr. Holder cited the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, which forced public school integration in 1954.
“If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal facilities,” Mr. Holder said. [It is NOT your call to determine which laws are good laws. That is the role of the legislature (law makers) and courts (law interpreters.]
The nation’s first black attorney general, Mr. Holder has said he views today’s gay-rights campaigns as a continuation of the civil rights movement that won rights for black Americans in the 1950s and ’60s. He has called gay rights one of “the defining civil rights challenges of our time.” [We must deny that premise. It is NOT a civil rights issue.]
How does one impeach an Attorney General?