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YOUR|LETTERS March 9, 2011


March 8, 2011

Federal government needs to defend all laws

Dear Editor,

It was announced by Attorney General Holder that the Obama administration will no longer defend the federal law that defines marriage as only between and a man and a woman, so if they choose not to defend that law, what laws will they defend? All federal laws should be defended by our President and his cabinet members, whether they support the law or not.

The President should push for a bill that will void the Defense of Marriage Act instead and put the decision where it belongs, with the states.

The constitution does not give the federal government the authority to regulate marriage, so the responsibility should revert to the states to decide. States are their own governmental entities that better reflect the priorities, personalities, and characteristics of their citizens.

States are designed to be governmental laboratories. Massachusetts proved that government-only-run health care doesn’t work and Oregon gave us the example of welfare reform that was instituted by President Clinton.

Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis wrote, “A single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

Todd Welch

Lake Stevens


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