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Defending DOMA: How $3 million could have been better spent

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Earlier this month, GOP leadership in the U.S. House privately raised the spending cap to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to $3 million. The contract has been adjusted three times since its original $500,000 cap.

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of DOMA, but in the meantime, the Center for American Progress looks at how your $3 million in taxpayer money could have been better spent:

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Section 3 of DOMA — which defines marriage as between one man and one woman for all federal purposes, including Social Security survivors’ benefits, immigration, and the filing of joint tax returns — has been found unconstitutional in eight federal courts, including the First and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, on issues including bankruptcy, public employee benefits, estate taxes, and immigration.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. 3 million could have been spent sending food water to africa

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:59am
  2. gay wmarriage will not hurt anyone but anti gay laws hurt everyone that is why they have downlow in all races

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:00am
  3. 3 million could have been better spent studying grass grow, fer crying in the sink… what a complete waste of time and energy defending DOMA is at this point.

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:00am
  4. I think the more important thing to note is that the three million would not have had to be spent, if the Obama administration actually defended the law in Court (under the DOJ budget). If that had been the case, then we also would not have the potentiality for SCOTUS to rule, not on DOMA as a policy, but on whether the Obama administrations refusal to defend the law in Court makes it that no one has standing to challenge the law. (full disclosure, I am very much affected by DOMA and want to see it struck down).

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:02am
  5. useless now

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:05am
  6. one better way – help build places destroyed by sandy and get homeless lgbt places to go again — or at least a interest income fund and let the charity pay bills with the interest as donation for longer term help

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:06am
  7. That is insane!

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:20am
  8. So what can we do???????????

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:28am
  9. We should put the GOP on blast via every media possible—Facebook, Tweeter, etc. It’s now 3 million, who knows how much it will be by the time all is set and done in June! It’s a SHAME and the general public should be made aware of this!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 12:10pm
  10. interesting article! thanks for sharing!

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:31pm
  11. Or saved…

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 6:04pm
  12. Just glad they mentioned transgender folk

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 6:57pm
  13. The thing is, they don’t believe in any if those things. This info graph is useful only to those of us who already agree. If anything it will convince the far right that the money was spent as it should have been.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 7:08pm
  14. Good to know the GOP has their priorities straight

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 8:26pm
  15. That was sarcasm by the way

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 8:26pm