US Defense of Marriage Act: Gay? Not in our Government…

There’s a piece on Crooked Timber about the Defense of Marriage Act in the USA. The key is:

It denies benefits to legally recognized same-sex spouses of federal employees.

What is amazing to me about this is that the Government is saying that states can do what they want, but bigotry will be alive and well if you decide to work for central Government. Which has implications, obviously, for who might chose to work for Government, and who will feel supported in working for Government, and who would then be in a position to change Government from the inside. It’s an impressive way to ensure the status quo and rather chilling.