Last week we noted that President Barack Obama has become America’s lawbreaker-in-Chief and few actions exemplify Obama’s propensity for ignoring the will of the people as expressed by the laws Congress passes than his recent executive orders and actions on same sex marriage and federal benefits for same sex couples.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) blocks the federal government from extending spousal benefits to same sex couples.
However, on Monday, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expanded a list of benefits to the same sex spouses of service members as well as to the unmarried partners of homosexual service members.
The changes will take effect once training on the new rules is completed, Panetta said according to NewsMax.
As NBC News reported, all of the new same sex couple benefits had previously been denied by the Pentagon. They are automatically available to heterosexual military spouses.
NewsMax reports that the benefits include child care and member-designated hospital visits. They also include military identification cards, which give same sex spouses and partners access to on-base commissaries, movie theaters and gyms.
How can Obama do that in light of the legal strictures imposed by the Defense of Marriage Act?
Easy, as principled conservative Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma observed in a statement condemning the new Obama policy -- you just create a new class of beneficiary.
“In a weak attempt to not violate the Defense of Marriage Act, the administration is using a play on words by saying ‘same sex domestic partners’ can have access to benefits instead of ‘spouses.’ We are on a slippery slope here,” Inhofe, the ranking GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.
As Inhofe put it, Obama’s new same sex partner benefits rule essentially creates a new class of military service beneficiary that will increase costs and demand for the “limited resources that are currently available for military families, active and reserve forces, and retirees.”
This, by-the-way, is blatant political pandering to homosexual activists since the new benefits extended to same sex partners are denied to cohabiting heterosexual couples.
Obama’s latest action to advance the radical homosexual agenda in defiance of the Defense of Marriage Act is further proof that the Democratic Party has been completely taken over by far-left secular progressives.
At their 2012 national convention, Obama and the Democrats threw down the gauntlet to Republicans on the social issues – and so far, establishment Republicans are MIA in the fight and have shown little enthusiasm for taking up the challenge.
You couldn’t find the social issues in a national GOP ad or campaign during the 2012 election.
Yet the Democratic Party regularly tells voters loudly and clearly that it means to use the power of the federal government to fundamentally change American society in a way that is totally at odds with the faith of millions of traditional Catholic, evangelical Protestant and Jewish voters.
To the elite GOP establishment insiders who ran Mitt Romney’s campaign, and who hold sway with many Capitol Hill Republicans, the cultural issues are the stuff of undignified Bible Belt candidates and television preachers.
These urban elite Republican insiders have long underestimated how profoundly unsettling the Democratic Party’s direction under Barack Obama is to millions of Americans who subscribe to the Biblical definition of marriage and the family, and for whom the right-to-life is an essential teaching of their faith.
Yet this is exactly where Obama looks to make the most profound changes to American society.
Conservatives are starting to recognize that the Capitol Hill GOP isn’t likely to give Obama much of a fight on the social issues, which gives him plenty of “running room” to implement his radical secular liberal agenda to change American society.
If we conservatives want to prevent that from happening, we are going to have to be the leaders on the cultural issues. That means we are going to have to drag the GOP kicking and screaming into the arena to fight the culture war Obama and the Democrats declared last summer and that they are currently prosecuting to victory -- because, so far, the Republican establishment won’t fight back.