February 24, 2008
Republican Assmbelymember Jane Corwin, who has begun her campaign in the yet-uncalled special election for NY's 27 Congressional district, released a statement earlier today condemning President Obama for his administration's decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act.
Her statement, which seeks to criticize Pres. Obama for standing up for LGBTQ equality, reads as follows:
"“The President of the United States swore an oath to uphold the laws of our great country and as a member of the Executive Branch he needs to enforce those laws, including the Defense of Marriage Act. It is the Supreme Court’s job to consider the constitutionality of the law and the President should not usurp the authority of the Supreme Court... DOMA "was signed into law nearly 15 years ago by President Clinton – he himself a Democrat like President Obama – who understood that marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman," she continued. "While more Americans lose their jobs every day, the Obama Administration is blatantly ignoring the law of the land for a political stunt, and I hope the Administration will reconsider this wrong decision and focus on strengthening the economy and creating jobs, the number one issue the majority of Western New Yorkers care about.”
If you are one of the many New Yorkers who lives in Assemblymember Corwin's district, or NY-27 we urge you to contact her and let her know that you are a Western New Yorker who cares about civil rights and equality. Corwin has a history of not supporting civil rights, voting against the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and Marriage Equality in the State Assembly.
Yesterday, the Obama administration courageously made headlines by telling the Justice Department to stop prosecuting cases related to the bigoted DOMA legislation. SDWNY commends Pres. Obama for this development, and recognizes Pres. Clinton, whom Corwin mentions in her statement, for realizing the error of DOMA and supporting civil marriage rights for all Americans.
Assemblymember Corwin's Offices:
8180 Main St.
Clarence, NY 14221
Albany, NY 12248
Source: NY Daily News