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Boehner, House GOP leadership move to defend DOMA in court

Friday, March 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — House GOP leadership took a key step this week that will allow it to defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman

Left to right: Reps. Kevin McCarthy, John Boehner, Eric Cantor

A panel made up of Democratic and Republican House leaders, called the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), directed the House general counsel to defend the law, following President Obama’s announcement that his administration would no longer defend the statute against litigation.

“After consultation with the Bipartisan Leadership Advisory Group, the House General Counsel has been directed to initiate a legal defense of this law,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.

“This action by the House will ensure that this law’s constitutionality is decided by the courts, rather than by the President unilaterally,” Boehner said.

Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) voted in favor of directing counsel to defend the statute, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) voted against the action.

On Feb. 23, the Obama administration announced that at least one part of DOMA — Section 3 — will not be able to pass constitutional muster, and that the Justice Department will not defend that part of the law in two pending cases in the federal court.

The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. How judgmental! And yes I am being that way in return!

    Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 5:08pm
  2. boo Boner

    Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 5:18pm
  3. If they really want to defend their little DoMA, then they should first try to define exactly what they mean by man and exactly what they mean by woman. I really don’t think they want to go there.

    Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 5:24pm
  4. This is just #1 of the many reasons….I could never ever vote for any Republicans.They are nothing but TROUBLMAKERS n’THE BIGGEST BUNCH of LIARS on the PLANET.Look at their PAST Presidents….George the liar Bush,n’ of course tricky DICKY NIXON !!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 8:12pm
  5. I posted some of this before but it bears repeating..

    They campaigned on promise of small government, “save the taxpayer”, etc. but there they are wasting “The People’s” time and taxes (their inflated salaries) — defending something that was never under attack!!!

    If they’re so hung-up on defending against nonexistent enemies, how can we, as the Electorate, trust them to act in the best interests of the nation versus REAL threats?

    “2012: Get the Red Out!!”

    (Sorry Visine, some slogans just have more urgent uses!!)

    Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 4:34am
  6. he’ll have his first loss if by chance he’s elected for pres. lol

    Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 3:22pm