This Letter to the Editor appeared in The Patriot News on March 22:

The Federal Defense of Marriage Act must be defended to ensure the integrity of our government and the protection of state rights defining marriage.

Our president has no right to act as judge and sole policy maker when it comes to any current federal law.

America is a Republic; not a dictatorship. President Obama’s actions against DOMA deliberately undercut the laws that our Department of Justice is duty-bound to defend.

Congress passed overwhelmingly the Defense of Marriage Act and was signed by then-President Bill Clinton.

DOMA is the only federal law protecting the nearly 40 state-enacted DOMAs and 31 marriage amendments to state constitutions.

This law must be defended by Congress to protect current law and the integrity of our branches of state and federal government.