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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

House GOP leadership abandons DOMA defense in ongoing cases

Thursday, July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- After spending more than $3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Republican leadership in the U.S. House said Thursday they are withdrawing their legal defense of the law that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi: GOP has been ‘irresponsible’ on same-sex marriage issue

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said Wednesday that Republicans who voted to spend millions in taxpayer dollars defending the federal ban on same-sex marriage are "irresponsible," and that she's "very optimistic" the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]

Dozens of prominent GOP leaders sign brief supporting marriage equality

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
More than 75 prominent Republican leaders have signed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the freedom for gay and lesbian couples, The New York Times reported late Monday. [ Read more → ]

Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

Friday, February 22, 2013
The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing why it considers the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

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

Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Center for American Progress looks at the cost of defending the Defense of Marriage Act, and how $3 million could have been better spent. [ Read more → ]
Paul Clement

Anti-gay legal briefs ‘mischaracterized’ parenting study

Friday, January 25, 2013
Attorneys who submitted anti-gay briefs to the Supreme Court in favor of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act are continuing the mischaracterization of a 2002 study on child development to suggest same-sex parents are less fit than opposite-sex parents, according to the non-profit that produced the study. [ Read more → ]
Vicki C. Jackson

Amicus brief: U.S. Supreme Court does not have authority to rule on DOMA

Thursday, January 24, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court does not have the authority to rule on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, argued a Harvard professor in a brief filed Thursday with the high court. [ Read more → ]
US Supreme Court

House GOP to Supreme Court: Gays too powerful to warrant judicial protection

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Republican members of the U.S. House leadership on Tuesday told the U.S. Supreme Court it should uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as constitutional, arguing that gays and lesbians are a powerful interest group, and do not warrant "judicial intervention." [ Read more → ]

House GOP leadership quietly increases cap on DOMA defense to $3 million

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives' continuing effort to defend the federal "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) will soon reach $3 million. Late Monday, House Democrats learned that Republican leadership had again privately raised the spending cap with attorney Paul Clement and the Washington-based... [ Read more → ]
John BoehnerPhoto: Michael Key, Washington Blade

U.S. House approves rules affirming commitment to DOMA

Friday, January 4, 2013
As one of its first acts of the 113th Congress, the U.S. House on Thursday approved a set of governing rules that includes language authorizing the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against litigation in court. [ Read more → ]
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

House GOP agrees to $500K hike in cost cap to defend DOMA

Friday, December 14, 2012
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has pledged to continue defending of the Defense of Marriage Act at the Supreme Court as a newly public contract reveals House Republicans secretly agreed to raise the cost cap for doing so to $2 million. [ Read more → ]
The $1.5 million cost cap that House Speaker John Boehner has allotted to defend DOMA has been reached. Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

Boehner maxes out $1.5 million cost cap for DOMA defense

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The House Republican-led panel that has taken up defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in court has maxed out the $1.5 million cost cap set to hire private attorneys to advocate for the anti-gay law, according to a report from Democratic lawmakers. [ Read more → ]
Joanne Pedersen and Ann Meitzen

Another federal judge rules DOMA unconstitutional

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A federal judge in Connecticut on Tuesday said the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, violates the U.S. Constitution’s right to equal protection. [ Read more → ]

Marriage roundup: Supreme Court showdown on the horizon

Thursday, July 12, 2012
All eyes are on the Supreme Court, with a big marriage showdown shaping up on the horizon. Two county clerks in Illinois have won right to defend the state's marriage ban. And equality gets a thumbs up from Methodists, and a thumbs down -- for now -- from Presbyterians. [ Read more → ]
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.

SPLC asks court to block House GOP attempt to delay disabled veteran’s case

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Monday asked a federal court to block efforts by U.S. House Republicans to further delay a decorated 12-year U.S. Army veteran in a legal same-sex marriage from seeking the same benefits provided to other married veterans and their spouses. [ Read more → ]

Court denies request to expedite gay troops’ DOMA case

Friday, April 13, 2012
A Massachusetts federal court has turned down a request from attorneys representing gay troops to move up the deadline for House Republicans to intervene in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]

SPLC condemns House Republicans’ intervention in disabled veteran’s case

Monday, April 2, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Monday condemned efforts by House Republicans to prevent a decorated 12-year U.S. Army veteran and other married gay and lesbian veterans from receiving the same disability benefits provided to their married heterosexual counterparts. [ Read more → ]
Nancy Pelosi and Hoyer

Pelosi, Hoyer rebuke Boehner for DOMA defense in veteran case

Saturday, March 31, 2012
WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders are continuing to criticize Speaker John Boehner for defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court and accuse him of going beyond his existing authority in defense of the anti-gay law ahead of his planned intervention in a lesbian veteran’s litigation against the statute. [ Read more → ]
Mike Honda

Congressman calls for hearing to address rising cost of DOMA defense

Thursday, October 20, 2011
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Congressman from California has called for a hearing to address the rising cost to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), calling it an “irresponsible, backdoor use of taxpayer money.” [ Read more → ]

Department of Justice drops appeal of DOMA ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Friday, July 8, 2011
The U.S. Department of Justice has withdrawn its appeal of a recent U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

Boehner denies contract to defend DOMA violates House rules

Friday, June 3, 2011
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday denied that a contract executed to hire a private attorney to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court was in violation of House rules regarding government contracts. [ Read more → ]
Left to right: Reps. Kevin McCarthy, John Boehner, Eric Cantor

Boehner, House GOP leadership move to defend DOMA in court

Friday, March 11, 2011
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 [ Read more → ]
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