So, President Obama won't defend the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, not to be confused with MOMA, which is the modern art museum in New York City, which he probably would defend because it is rather cool.
DOMA, on the other hand, is increasingly uncool, being social and religious prejudice written into law.
I am of the view that if you don't like gay marriage, don't marry a gay person. Otherwise, shut up and mind your own business.
However, isn't part of the president's job defending the indefensible? The president, under the Constitution, is supposed to take care that the laws are faithfully executed. It is the Supreme Court that is ultimately supposed to decide whether laws are constitutional.
Mostly I fear the return of the culture wars, the greatest excuse for avoiding the nation's real problems that was ever invented. I fear the prospect of Rick Santorum getting on his high horse and saying, "DOMA, he's making eyes at me!"
Still, to the extent it encourages a put-upon minority, I am glad.
My two cents on your discussion today, and influenced by the fact that I graduated only from the University of Hard Knocks, a couple of the smartest people I know never went to college, including my own father, who quit school at the age of 15.
Further, some of the biggest drips I know (well, know about) went to Ivy League schools (does the name George W. Bush ring a bell?).