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House GOP leaders working on plan to defend DOMA

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Reps. Eric Cantor (left) and John Boehner

In response to President Obama and the Justice Department’s decision to stop defending the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act in court, House Republicans are now saying they are looking to have a plan in place by late this week to defend the law themselves.

House Speaker John Boehner said in an interview Monday that the GOP-led House may appoint a special counsel to defend the law in the Justice Department’s absence.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said, “Again I do believe that this is a case that is distinguishable on its merits and to have the administration take the position, the president take the position, that he’s not defending the law of the land, is something very troubling I think to most members of the House.”

In a case of irony and double-speak, Boehner’s original response last week was to question the President for addressing the anti-gay law instead of focusing on job creation: “While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the President will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation.”

Now however, Boehner (R-Ohio) and Cantor (R-Va.) seem to have decided that they will put their focus on anti-gay policy instead of the ongoing economic issues facing the country.

During the last election, Republicans stated over and over again that job creation would be their driving focus and goal. However, since taking over the majority of the House, it seems the Republicans have done everything BUT focus on jobs.

They have tried to repeal health care reform, change abortion laws and roll back regulations on the safety of food in the U.S. — just about everything BUT job creation.

Mr. Boehner. Mr. Cantor – why are you addressing everything but job creation?

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11 more reader comments:

  1. The Republicans need to get a life… away from the USA

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:17pm
  2. This is NOT good.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:17pm
  3. No surprises here.. Let’s see if Boehner whips out his crying towel to begin the proceedings.

    Do I read his name right? Does it really rhyme with “Boner”?

    Seems like the House majority has nothing better to do than initiate lame-ass legislation that won’t get past the Senate and the Oval..
    The economy maybe? American energy strategy in the face of yet another Mideast political crisis?

    Y’know, silly little details like those.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:19pm
  4. Pssst, Orange Man. That guy on your right is tre’ gayzzz.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:27pm
  5. What are they going to say? That if gays can get married, than androids will married and take over or something like that one governor did?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:48pm
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    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:57pm
  7. Yes go defend what a 5 year old might have found contradictory to the US constitution and used to strike down the ban of inter racial marriage: no state has the right to deny the recognition of ones marriage.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8:09pm
  8. When are these idiots going to learn? @_@ I’m freakin’ tired of DOMA. I want the damn thing to go!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8:18pm
  9. And how does this create jobs Mr Boehner?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8:44pm
  10. “Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.” — Frank Herbert.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:11pm
  11. Defending the constitution is the first thing a US president swears to do when they take office, even if it means defending it against unjust laws. Claiming this will split the nation at the same time they claim it caters to a small minority who really don’t count amazes me. Sorry people, I’m just a canadian but realistically how can these DOMA supporters even make it in to politics if they don’t even know what the oath of office states, or how the vast majority can support something and still have the nation split on it?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 2:00am