Signed by Bill Clinton, the Defense of Marriage Act keeps the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allows states to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in other states. Barack Obama's Justice Department has just issued a defense of DOMA, even though the president has said he'd like to see it overturned. The gays who voted for these Democrats, meanwhile, are losing patience.
On Monday, gay and lesbian couples celebrated the California Supreme Court's recent lifting of the ban on gay marriage by, well, getting married. Tuesday is expected to be a bigger day, though, for devoted duos to make it official, as that's the day when most California counties are slated to start giving gay couples marriage licenses.