If we can have someone to make this done in one swift movement instead of taking years and years to get it done, then he should have the power to do it. The world is changing and our nation is realizing that same sex marriage is not something that is bad. It will eventually be done anyways, so they might as well get it done all at once.
I believe the Attorney General should have the power to require all states to recognize same-sex marriages. Doing so ensures all people are afforded the same rights. Allowing same-sex marriage is the only ethically appropriate response to the same-sex marriage debate. America should be built on values of freedom and equality. I do not believe states that support inequality should be upheld by the federal government.
Times have changed, and increasing number of Americans are coming out in support of gay rights. The DOMA has already been struck down as unconstitutional, and Obama himself has adopted a platform of support of same-sex marriage. The O Administration should federally recognize gay marriages officially, and thus give the AG the power to mandate all states to recognize it as well, since federal law trumps state law. This does nothing to freedom of religion, as nothing was said about restricting citizens' rights to attend church, temple, mosque, etc., but when their doctrine infringes upon basic rights of others, THEN it becomes a separate issue. On a side note, it's the 21st century, let's get with the program.
The constitution requires that "Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state." If a same sex couple gets married in, say, Iowa, then every other state should be required to accept that marriage as legally binding. It is the same for everything else. If I can get a license in one state at the age of 14, then every other state must recognize it as valid even if their own laws prohibit licenses until age 17. The fact that states think they have the right to ignore valid marriages is ridiculous and unconstitutional.
No, the Attorney General should not have the power to require all states to recognize same sex marriages, because same-sex marriage is not in the constitution, and the Attorney General is not a king. No one person has the power to make major social policy decisions for the entire country. Each state should decide what they want to recognize.
The Federal government in a representative republic must never supersede the states. Currently only 32% of the sates recognize same sex marriages. For the mathematically challenged that means 68% do not. Therefore the MAJORITY of sates say NO. Thus the federal government, following the rule of the majority, should also disallow same sex marriage. 16 sates allow same sex marriage. Until 10 more states go along, the feds should say NO.
The Attorney General does not have the right to push his or her agenda onto all of the other states. The people still have a right to make some decisions regarding the community in which they live. Although I support gay marriage, not everyone feels the same way. In recent years the state of Ohio had an election to determine whether same sex marriage should be allowed. The voters did not support it. If most of the people do not agree, it should not be pushed on them.