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Defense of Marriage

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Being challenged in court is the 1996 law that defines marriage solely as the union between a man and a woman for all federal purposes, and protects the ability of states to do the same for their purposes.

Same-sex activists want to reshape our entire society by tearing down this law.

It's the job of the Justice Department to defend federal laws, but President Obama instructed them not to defend this one. Fortunately, the House of Representatives stepped up, hiring lawyers to defend marriage in the courts.

The same thing happened in California when their governor and attorney general refused to defend the voters insistence on traditional marriage. What's at stake is not just marriage, but also the people's right not to have their values trampled upon by judges who want to remake our constitution as well as our values.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.