If Tim Pawlenty wants to have a debate about federalism, Jerry Nadler looks ready to give it to him.
As unenthusiastic as I am about  gay marriage, the Defense of Marriage Act is offensive on constitutional and intellectual-honesty grounds. No one can look at DOMA and say it doesn’t violate the Full Faith and Credit Clause of Article IV without smirking in hateful glee, which is why Congress had to pass the lesser-known Marriage Protection Act in 2007 which amends the federal judicial code in order to gay-bash. They passed a law saying judges couldn’t assess DOMA’s constitutionality. Here’s a hint for lawmakers, if you have to pass a law saying judges can’t look at another law, that’s a good sign neither of them is a very good idea. Homophobes.

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