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Boehner: ‘DOMA is law of the land, and should remain law of the land’

Saturday, July 23, 2011

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) this week indicated that he would not bring up the “Respect For Marriage Act” up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

John Boehner

In a press conference on Thursday, Boehner, responding to a reporter from the Washington Blade, Boehner said:

“Congress has acted on this issue some number of years ago, and I think that the Congress acted on [it] in a bi-partisan way. It is the law of the land and should remain the law of the land.”

The Respect For Marriage Act would repeal the current federal Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA).

DOMA does not allow the federal government to acknowledge the legal same-sex marriages from the seven jurisdictions that perform them in the United States — Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Washington D.C., and tomorrow, New York.

This lack of recognition has many consequences for same-sex couples including, but not limited too, rights afforded to heterosexual couples in the areas of inheritance, taxes, federal benefits, and immigration.

The Defense Of Marriage Act has been under judicial scrutiny since last year, when U.S. District Court judge Joseph Tauro ruled against the law, saying that it violated the 14th and 10th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

It has since been deemed unconstitutional by the Obama administration, which has refused to defend the law in federal court, as well as several courts around the nation.

The Respect For Marriage Act received its first public hearing on Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), and Al Franken (Minn.) strongly expressing their distaste for the current law and the necessity of its repeal.

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30 more reader comments:

  1. Marriage is a right. It shouldn’t be voted on

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:10am
  2. Then Im afraid Mr. Boehner will be very dissappointed when it becomes history just like “Dont Ask, Don’t Tell” (:

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:12am
  3. Boehner is an idiot!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:13am
  4. Hey Boehner (Boner!) – come into the 21st century!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:14am
  5. Because history teaches us that Congress has always acted correctly and never needed to correct past actions. He & his party are becoming irrelevant…maybe they’ll be the Whigs of the 21st Century?

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:16am
  6. Sooooo, it’s ok for Boehner to walk out of debt ceiling talks with the President and waste time talking about DOMA. Awesome priorities, dickhead.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:18am
  7. “This should remain law because it is a law.” lol what does that even mean, Mr. Boehner

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:21am
  8. sometimes I wonder how these people stay in office, which such ridiculous statements made. News flash such laws even-though voted no longer hold place in society are always opened to be repealed. Duh.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:27am
  9. forgive me for being thick but can anyone tell me how this effects the future of DOMA and it’s repeal. By refusing this way how does it effect progress in the fight against DOMA?

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:30am
  10. Giant Tool!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:35am
  11. Seriously, between this and now saying that he would not consider the president in debt talks anymore, how does this man still stay in office. Is the House solely run by one person now? It makes me sick honestly and offended by his games!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:36am
  12. It is republicanism at its worst…

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:37am
  13. Thomas, having no vote means repeal isn’t happening now. A bill has to be passed by both houses of congress and signed by the Pres to be enacted (or, in this case, repealed).

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:41am
  14. THANK YOU ALEX!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:42am
  15. You’re welcome.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:44am
  16. Why? No, really…why?

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:18am
  17. Its ok cause when the deadline for our debt hits there will be no solution so all these self righteous politicians will lose their spots because civil war 2 will happen. Hey boner I thought the HCB was the law of the land too but you trying to repeal that. So to him and the politicians who are like him its the law of the land and must stay the law as long as he and they agree with the law. He needs to be castrated and forced to eat his own testicles!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:24am
  18. Laws of the land are well known for constantly evolving all through history. Sorry man, you’ll be on the bad side of history.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:25am
  19. Well mr.boehner, don’t you have some other law or something to cry about? Get over it dude and most importantly get over yourself. You’re pathetic.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:37am
  20. Boehner your an ass and need to go away.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11:17am
  21. i AGREE…get rid of this guy!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11:23am
  22. I am embarrassed in knowing he’s from my home state of Ohio… Change is going to happen, whether the conservative/religious nutjobs want it to… Freedom for ALL Americans!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 12:13pm
  23. F*ck off pizza face. He has to show us how almighty powerful he is. Doesn’t the POTUS have some executive powers that could help with both issues?

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 12:19pm
  24. Lol and you need to step down BONER

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 12:20pm
  25. If Boner can’t recognize a patently unconstitutional “bi-partisan law” when he sees one, he has no business being in Congress!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 1:33pm
  26. speaker boner sucker im very dissapointed in your act of H8 i am starting a petition with change.org to get you out of office

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 4:06pm
  27. It’s terrifying to think that this guy is 3rd in line of the presidency. Just another staunch mean spirited republican that only cares for big business and having their lobbyists line his pockets! People that are for doma have no clue what it is really like to not have rights the same as heterosexual couples.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 5:20pm
  28. Let me get this right. Boehner can dictate what acts are brought up for discussion and voting, and thereby is totally in control of the country, right? He has total veto power over all the others elected by the citizens.

    Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 8:54am
  29. Agree, it is sad that this is a vote and that people continue to think its a vote; what happened to equal rights in this country…so much for the land of the free.

    Maybe i should stop paying my taxes to these idiots

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 2:27pm
  30. didn’t we once have laws of the land revolving around slavery…hmmm i wonder if he would say oh, lets just keep them.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 8:35am