Fox News Commenters on Obama’s DOMA Announcement

Jim Burroway

February 23rd, 2011

FoxNewsInsider has an exclusive video of Fox News personallity Judge Andrew P. Napolitano defending the Obama Administration’s announcement that they will no longer defend the constitutionality of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” in Federal Court.

YouTube Preview Image

I assume Judge Napolitano will be making the same points on air, perhaps — perhaps — countering Fox News personality Monica Crowley’s calling President Obama “Mubarak Obama.”

YouTube Preview Image

Jonathan

February 23rd, 2011

…is she aware that the law is still being enforced by the executive branch? She said about eight times that it wasn’t. That channel seems to be lying more than usual today.

Kristie

February 24th, 2011

Judge Napolitano is a Libertarian with a very strong belief in personal liberty. From everything I have heard of him on air, he seems to support the rights of same-sex couples to marry the partner of their choice. Whether he personally approves of homosexuality or same-sex marriage beyond a constitutional view point I’m not sure, but being a Libertarian, it’s more likely that he would have a more liberal opinion on it in general. Monica Crowley tends to get on her moral high horse & becomes very annoying very quickly.

Priya Lynn

February 24th, 2011

Napolitano said the economic impact of this would be “huge” and almost unquantifiable. That’s a gross exageration. As a percentage of total government revenue the tax breaks that will be given to gay couples are virtually zero.

Crowley said that if a Republican president had said he wouldn’t enforce any laws protecting gays there’d be a huge uproar. She seems to think that means there should be a huge uproar about this. There isn’t because there’s no equality between the viewpoint that gays deserve no protection and the viewpoint that gays deserve, at least some, equal treatment – a large marjority of Americans reject the view that gays should be absolutely oppressed and favour the view that gays deserve some measure of equal treatment.

It just shows how twisted the viewpoint is of many fox news commentors, they think the view that gays should be totally oppressed deserves just as much respect as the view that gays deserve largely equal treatment.

Timothy Kincaid

February 24th, 2011

Kristie,

I’ve not had that impression about Napolitano; He has always appeared to me to be a social conservative.

Sadly, he is a bit inclined to spout his opinion without knowing the facts. As he did in this instance. For example:

1. He discussed the decisions “not being appealed” though that is still uncertain in Massachusetts.

2. He called the change “the law of the land” while it would likely be the law in only part of the land, at least at first.

3. He talked about “interstate commerce,” but only section 3 of DOMA has been challenged in court, leaving the other-state-recognition portion still in place.

4. The “enormous” and “unquatifiable” exaggerations are nonsense. We are talking about a small population, of which only a portion will marry and only in a handful of states.

Dave H

February 28th, 2011

The economic impact won’t be “enormous” to the country, but it will be enormous to me, and to many other married same-sex couples. The value and importance of it will be enormous, too.

All that aside, I think Napolitano presented the correct rationale for why Obama and the DOJ can decide not to defend a law in court.

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required)
(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

 

Latest Posts

Today's Agenda Is Brought To You By...

Today In History, 1964: "Homosexuality In America"

Today In History, 1965: Gay Rights Advocates Picket the Civil Service Commission

Today In History, 2003: U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Nation's Sodomy Laws

Today In History, 2013: U.S. Supreme Court Declares Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional

Today In History, 2013: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California's Prop 8

Today In History, 2015: U.S. Supreme Court Legalizes Marriage Equality Nationwide

Born On This Day, 1951: Lance Loud

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.