April 27, 2017

John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo to DOMA

Michelle Mumford looks at the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) and its Defense in the context of the Honorable Monroe G. McKay, Senior Judge on the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, address to a group of young lawyers at the Utah State Bar’s annual Law Day luncheon on the theme of “The Legacy […]

Precedent for Presidential Refusal to Defend Statutes the Administration Believes to be Unconstitutional

Initially I questioned the Obama Administration’s refusal to defend DOMA. On reflection, however, there may be precedent for their actions. Ilya Somin points out several precedents in both Republican and Democratic administrations that support the premise that the President may be justified in not supporting legislation he deems unconstitutional. During the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Truman […]