Today, during an address before the National Association of Attorneys General, Eric Holder, the nation’s top law enforcement official, urged state attorneys general to refuse to enforce state bans on same-sex marriage.
He had foreshadowed this latest example of the Obama administration flouting of the law, in an interview with the New York Times, yesterday, in which he said his state counterparts do not have to defend laws and bans in court that they think are discriminatory.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments to the New York Times came after at least five state lawyers, all of them Democrats, came under fire for refusing to try and defeat legal challenges to bars on same-sex unions in their areas.
Conservatives have criticized the stands taken by progressive state-level attorneys general, saying they have a duty to defend state law, whether they agree with the policy or not.
“It really isn’t his job to give us advice on defending our constitutions any more than it’s our role to give him advice on how to do his job,” said Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen of Wisconsin, a Republican. “We are the ultimate defenders of our state constitutions.”
Also today, via, CNS News, a coalition of black pastors announced at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that they are launching a campaign to gather one million signatures on a petition calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder.
“President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have turned their backs on the values the American people hold dear, values particularly cherished in the black community: values like marriage, which should be strengthened and promoted, rather than weakened and undermined,” says a statement by the Coalition of African American Pastors that has been posted online with their impeachment petition.
“In pursuing this intention, the president and his administration are trampling the rule of law.Attorney General Holder in particular has used the influence of his office and role as the chief law enforcement figure in our nation to try to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda,” says the coaltion. :Millions of voters in 30 states have voted to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman, but Attorney General Holder is attempting single-handedly to throw those votes away!
“For abandoning the oath he swore in taking office and his duty to defend the common good, Attorney General Holder should be impeached by Congress,” says the coalition. “CAAP is calling on all men and women of good will to sign the following petition urging Congress to take action against the Attorney General’s lawlessness today!”
Many blacks – especially religious blacks – take offense when gay activists compare their gay marriage push to the civil rights struggle of the sixties..
Holder, who has been held in criminal and civil contempt of Congress, holds the United States Congress and our laws equally in contempt.
It’s rumored that he plans to step down, later this year. That day can’t come soon enough.