John Boehner

John A. Boehner (b. Nov. 17, 1949) is the 61st and current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party, he is the U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 8th congressional district, serving since 1991. The district includes several rural and suburban areas near Cincinnati and Dayton. [ Wikipedia → ]

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U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Boehner secures House meeting space for supporters of Russia’s anti-gay laws

Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON – U.S. House Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday secured meeting space for the top American supporters of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws, according to a report by BuzzFeed. [ Read more → ]
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Boehner still opposed to ENDA, calls workplace protections bill ‘unnecessary’

Thursday, November 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Thursday reiterated his opposition to federal legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Advances in gay rights piling up, but battles still remain

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
NEW YORK -- In Maine, a congressman running for governor came out as gay. In Hawaii, lawmakers prepared for a vote to legalize same-sex marriage. And in the U.S. Senate, seven Republicans joined the Democrats in a landmark vote to ban workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. [ Read more → ]
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 → ]

Democrats criticize GOP support of Defense of Marriage Act

Thursday, March 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The cost to taxpayers for a House Republican decision to fund the legal team supporting the Defense of Marriage Act has climbed from $500,000 to as much as $3 million, Democrats say in questioning the GOP stance on the gay marriage issue now before the Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]

John Boehner ‘can’t imagine’ ever supporting marriage equality, even if his own kid was gay

Saturday, March 16, 2013
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says he cannot imagine a situation where his opposition to same-sex marriage would change, not even if a child of his or another loved one came out as gay. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)AP file photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Boehner: House may consider Senate version of Violence Against Women Act

Thursday, February 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that the GOP's House leadership is considering a plan for moving forward with the Violence Against Women Act legislation. [ 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 → ]

LGBT leaders to House GOP: Stop wasting tax dollars defending DOMA

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Leaders of ten of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights advocacy organizations on Tuesday called on the U.S. House Republican leadership to stop funding the legal defense of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ 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 → ]
John Boehner

Boehner appeals DOMA cases to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, June 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) attorneys on Friday formally appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an appeals court decision determining the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, according to a Democratic aide. [ 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 → ]

Anti-gay ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ more vulnerable than ever

Monday, April 9, 2012
The Obama administration changes course in the fight to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Signature gathering is about to start in Ohio. And voters in North Carolina say they support relationship recognition -- so why are they also saying they'll vote to take it away? This week's Marriage News Watch report is here... [ 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 → ]
Robert George

Boehner appoints NOM co-founder to commission on religious freedom

Thursday, March 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday appointed Robert George, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the National Organization for Marriage, to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, which, according to the Commission’s chairman, addresses “the challenges of religious extremism, intolerance, and repression throughout the world.” [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

Boehner may intervene soon against gay troops’ DOMA lawsuit

Sunday, March 11, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Republican-led House panel may intervene as soon as next week against litigation that aims to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it unfairly prohibits gay troops from obtaining benefits for their same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]

GOP group appeals California court ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional

Friday, February 24, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A group of Republican members of Congress who oppose gay rights filed an appeal today of a federal judge's ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Morgan

Lesbian guardsman calls on Boehner to drop DOMA defense

Saturday, February 11, 2012
WASHINGTON — A lesbian guardsman suffering from cancer called on U.S. House Speaker John Boehner this week to stop defending the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in court. [ Read more → ]

Audacity alert: NOM wants Obama to pay for Boehner’s junk science

Monday, October 24, 2011
The National Organization for Marriage on Monday really decided to raise the bar for unashamed audacity. The organization is now demanding that Obama’s Justice Department pay for Speaker of the House John Boehner’s defense of DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act): [ 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 → ]

Why are we still deporting married LGBT people?

Monday, October 10, 2011
As the legal challenge to Prop 8 continues, Equality California backs away from a repeal campaign in 2012. More Republicans than ever back marriage equality, but deportation still looms for legally married LGBTs. And why should the nation's cops have to pay for John Boehner's $1.5 million anti-gay lawyer? [ Read more → ]

Values Voter Summit: GOP candidates plan weekend with anti-gay activists

Thursday, October 6, 2011
This weekend, nearly every major GOP presidential candidate, along with the top two Republicans in the House of Representatives, will speak at the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of the leaders of the movement to integrate fundamentalist Christianity and American politics. [ Read more → ]
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