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April 3, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For April 3

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To make things more confusing to the public, the president, who has stated that his personal views have evolved over the past few years, has decided to have the Justice Department’s U.S. solicitor general argue against upholding DOMA at the Supreme Court. He has expressed through his Justice Department’s legal filings his own opinion that DOMA is unconstitutional.

I view my duty differently. As Indiana attorney general, I don’t get to define marriage or vote on legislation. Instead, as state government’s lawyer I am obligated to defend our state’s laws passed by the people’s elected representatives in the Indiana Legislature. Our state’s legislative branch has the policy-making authority to license marriage within our state’s borders using the traditional marriage definition, and I will continue to defend their legal authority in court as necessary.

Rather than presuming to decide the constitutionality of our laws by leaving them undefended, I will uphold my responsibility to defend them and instead let the judicial branch decide if they are constitutional, as is its role.

— Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General, Indianapolis

 

‘We the people’ are part of the problem

 

It’s “We the people,” not we the Congress, we the judges or we the presidency.

Of late, I’ve received numerous requests through the mail to support this platform of this person, or that principal for that party. Explaining how to draft this bill, amend that bill or veto the other bill that doesn’t measure up to the standards of Washington today.

Let’s face it: Capital Hill is broken. Partisanship is molded bread of which they all feast.

Should we blame Washington? Why is Washington so blankly corrupt?

Pandering is what’s wrong in Washington. The politicians want to please all, and by wanting to please all, keep their jobs to serve the people back home. Only they aren’t pleasing all and feathers do get ruffled and in some cases plucked.

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