Senator Burr Statement on the President's Announcement on the Defense of Marriage Act

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the President's announcement that he will not permit the Department of Justice to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act:

"Traditional marriage is a core value that has strengthened our nation, and it is a value that is protected by federal law. By ordering the Attorney General to stop defending federal law in court, the President is taking another step towards politicizing the Justice Department. It is the President's job to defend the laws of the land or pursue legislation in Congress to change them. The Administration is charting an irresponsible course with this decision."