It is amazing how quickly the Obama Administration can act when it wants to. Contrast its reaction time in deciding to appeal Mondays federal court decision overturning federal stem cell funding with its non-decision-making regarding the Defense of Marriage Act. Here is a story from the liberal National Partnership for Women & Families Daily Report:

August 25, 2010 The Department of Justice on Tuesday said it would appeal a U.S. District Court ruling that challenged the legality of the Obama administration's guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, the New York Times reports (Stolberg/Harris, New York Times, 8/24). A DOJ spokesperson said the department plans to file the appeal by the end of this week, Politico reports (Russonello, Politico, 8/24).

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits NIH from funding research under the new stem cell research guidelines, which were put in place in response to Obama's March 2009 executive order lifting a ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Lamberth said in his decision that the guidelines violated a 1996 provision of law known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal money to destroy embryos (Women's Health Policy Report, 8/24).

Now, regarding the appeal of a July 8th decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (final judgment entered 8/12), the Department of Justice had not decided to appeal as of August 20th (see Marcia Cole, National Law Journal). Crickets chirping over at DoJ. Big snooze. Yawn.