Governor Howard Dean, who in 2000 signed the country’s first civil union law, appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show in order to discuss the Smelt v. United States case, and the Department of Justice’s filing to have that case dismissed. Dr Maddow (doctor of political science) and Dr. Dean (doctor of medicine) discussed how this brief from the DOJ could ultimately force the Obama Administration to get with the program and actually tackle LGBTI issues head on. Perhaps Dr. Maddow also caught onto the same vibe that many here at LGR have in calling President Obama the Fierce Advocate.
For those who do not know, the DOJ used cases involving child marriages and language invoking incest to ask for the suit Smelt v. US to be dismissed. DOMA is unconstitutional under the Full Faith and Credit clause of the United States Constitution.