Republicans and States’ Rights

I’ve noted in previous posts that Republicans have failed to uphold their stated belief in states’ rights by supporting the DEA raids on those dispensing medicinal marijuana in states where it is legal. Here is another situation where I fear Republicans will not support states’ rights:

Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage, has become the first to challenge the constitutionality of a federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, saying Congress intruded into a matter that should be left to individual states.

The suit filed in US District Court in Boston claims that Congress, in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act, “overstepped its authority, undermined states’ efforts to recognize marriages between same-sex couples, and codified an animus towards gay and lesbian people.”

Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which opposes gay marriage, said, “We believe the suit will have no credibility in the federal courts. The federal courts have already ruled that the DOMA is constitutional.”

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