Obama: Holder 'Opened Door' to Same-Sex Marriage by Refusing to Defend Law

Photo Credit: AP / Evan VucciBy Terence P. Jeffrey.

President Barack Obama praised retiring Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday for advancing the cause of same-sex “marriage” in the United States by refusing to defend federal law.

“And several years ago,” Obama said in a joint appearance with Holder at the White House, “he recommended that our government stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act–a decision that was vindicated by the Supreme Court, and opened the door to federal recognition of same-sex marriage, and federal benefits for same-sex couples. It’s a pretty good track record.”

In his own statement at the event, Holder praised Obama for advancing the “visions” he said he and Obama had “always shared.”

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Photo Credit: AP / Evan VucciJudge: DOJ Must Produce List of Fast & Furious Docs by Oct. 22

By Susan Jones.

Two days before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation, a federal court ordered the Justice Department to produce, by October 22, a detailed list of Fast and Furious documents sought by a conservative watchdog group.

Judicial Watch requested the documents in a June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Three months later, in September 2012, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit, seeking all of the documents the Obama White House was withholding from Congress under a claim of executive privilege.

This week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Justice Department must submit a “Vaughn Index” of the requested documents by October 22 — a three-week extension of the earlier Oct. 1 deadline set by the court.

A Vaughn index identifies each document withheld; explains the legal basis for withholding the documents; and explains how their disclosure would be a problem. Basically, in this case, it forces the Justice Department to justify withholding the information that Judical Watch has sued to obtain.

On July 18, U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ordered the Justice Department to produce the document list by October 1. In his ruling on Tuesday, Judge Bates denied DOJ’s motion to extend that Oct. 1 deadline to Nov. 3, one day before the midterm election.

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