He says his own bill doesn’t work! Maybe he’ll even become a Libertarian someday. The LA Times is a tad more cynical about this. But whether Barr likes gays is totally immaterial to the question of equal treatment under the law. Nat that Barr is for that, quite; he still thinks it’s OK for states to mess with marriage:
In effect, DOMA’s language reflects one-way federalism: It protects only those states that don’t want to accept a same-sex marriage granted by another state. Moreover, the heterosexual definition of marriage for purposes of federal laws — including, immigration, Social Security survivor rights and veteran’s benefits — has become a de facto club used to limit, if not thwart, the ability of a state to choose to recognize same-sex unions.
Even more so now than in 1996, I believe we need to reduce federal power over the lives of the citizenry and over the prerogatives of the states. It truly is time to get the federal government out of the marriage business. In law and policy, such decisions should be left to the people themselves.