As gay supporters push for more acceptance, the issue is increasingly being framed worldwide as one of fundamental human rights. In many countries, even where the law is unclear, members of the gay community are subject to enormous societal pressure. They are ostracized, bullied and sometimes physically attacked.
How many supposedly fiscally conscious, Constitution-loving Tea Party House members favor spending taxpayer money defending DOMA? Perhaps a reporter should ask them, and if they favor it, how they reconcile that with their zeal to cut spending on wasteful government.
House Republicans authorized the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) Wednesday night to continue paying outside counsel to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which discriminates against legally married same-sex couples.
Last night President Obama signed the funding authorization bill for the Department of Defense which includes "protections" against the punishment of military members and clergy who harass gay soldiers.