Saving the Constitution's Reputation Abroad

DOMA's demise could provide a boost to the status of U.S. law.

The University of Johannesburg hosted a town hall meeting with an audience and a “live link” for Obama to take questions on Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Soweto, South Africa. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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With the U.S. Supreme Court's relatively progressive position on a highly publicized, hot-button issue like gay rights now at his disposal, Obama can make a far stronger case that the American constitution – as well as the values it supports – is still the international standard for freedom, equality and dignity in the 21st century ... even if it was a bit late to the altar.

Drew F. Cohen is a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

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