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Sponsors of DOMA repeal press Boehner for briefing on House defense efforts

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lead sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act — the bill aimed at repealing the Defense of Marriage Act — are pressing House Speaker John Boehner for a briefing on any activities relating to plans by the House general counsel to defend DOMA.

Last month, a panel called the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, voted 3-2 — along party lines — to direct the House general counsel to defend DOMA, following President Obama’s announcement that his administration would no longer defend the statute against litigation.

On Monday, the six sponsors of the DOMA repeal effort in the House — Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and David Cicilline (D-R.I.) — sent Boehner a letter asking him to “brief all interested members” on his plans to defend DOMA:

“As Members of Congress who have long agreed that DOMA is unconstitutional, we do not support the continued defense of this law in the courts … and sincerely hope that you will work with us to repeal the law rather than prolong it through litigation. As of now, however, you have signaled your intent to defend DOMA in the courts rather than reconsider it in the Congress.”

“Among other things, we are interested in a status report on who will be representing the House, estimates regarding the cost and length of proposed litigation efforts, the anticipated role of the House in litigation (i.e., intervenor or amicus curiae), and your assessment regarding the likelihood of success on the merits. If you or House General Counsel already have arranged for representation by outside counsel, we would welcome and appreciate their participation in this briefing.”

Copy of letter here (PDF).

According to the letter, April 18 is the deadline for the House to signal its intent to intervene in one of the pending cases challenging DOMA, Windsor v. United States, currently pending in the U.S. District Court of Southern District of New York.

The lawmakers are asking Boehner for a briefing on the DOMA defense prior to this date.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. Boehner in this picture looks like he has a boner up his arse.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 2:37pm
  2. He probably does, closested homo!!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 3:11pm
  3. It’s really sad that only 35,892 people have signed the petition
    to repeal DOMA. I can’t believe that some of the LGBT
    community is not taking action in signing. It literally takes one minute, weather you want to get
    married or not, wouldn’t you like to at least have the choice and not let a bunch of homo…

    Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 3:18pm
  4. It’s really sad that only 35,892 people have signed the petition
    to repeal DOMA. I can’t believe that some of the LGBT
    community is not taking action in signing. It literally takes one minute, weather you want to get
    married or not, wouldn’t you like to at least have the choice and not let a bunch of homo…

    Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 3:18pm
  5. Question. Boehner, why are you so against my happiness? Does it hault yours?

    Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 5:14pm
  6. @ Damian where do you go to sign the petition?

    Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 6:45pm
  7. @kristin hes against it because he is stupid… the question is why are the republicans against the lgbtq community getting married when they are the ones in the news for cheating scandels? They want to say that its ment to be between a man and a women but its ok for them to cheat on their wives and break up their marriges.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 6:52pm