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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John Boehner

Boehner triples cost cap for defending ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ in court

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The U.S. House has tripled the cost cap for the legal expenses of hiring a private attorney to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court to reach a potential total sum of $1.5 million. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

House Democrats to Boehner: Mr. Speaker, your DOMA attorney is out of line

Monday, September 26, 2011
Six Democratic lawmakers on Monday sent U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), a letter reiterating their request for a briefing on the efforts of the law firm hired by the Speaker to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in several ongoing federal court challenges. [ Read more → ]

What are the Proposition 8 proponents trying to hide?

Monday, August 29, 2011
Just what are the Prop 8 proponents trying to hide, and why are they afraid to let the public see their witnesses being cross-examined? We may find out after a hearing on Monday. Also, John Boehner's defense of DOMA is found to be full of junk science, a semi-reprieve for LGBTs fearing deportation, and there's lots of work still to do in Maine. [ Read more → ]
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Boehner’s DOMA defense contains junk science, bad sources

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
On Monday it was discovered that one of the experts, Professor Lisa Diamond, cited by Speaker of the House John Boehner’s legal team in their defense of DOMA complained that her work was being distorted. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

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. [ 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The U.S. Department of Justice has withdrawn its appeal of a recent U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.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

Watchdogs file ethics complaint against Boehner over spending to defend DOMA

Friday, June 17, 2011
A Washington D.C. government watchdog organization this week asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate if House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) broke federal law when he hired a law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. [ 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 → ]

LGBT legal groups consider breaking ties with DC law firm over DOMA defense

Friday, April 22, 2011
At least two prominent LGBT legal and advocacy groups are re-considering their association with the Washington D.C. law firm that has been retained by the U.S. House GOP leadership to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court. [ Read more → ]

Law firm hired by House GOP imposes anti-gay ‘gag order’ on employees

Thursday, April 21, 2011
The law firm King & Spalding has become the new face of the anti-gay marriage movement -- in signing on to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court, the firm has also silenced its employees from advocating in support of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

House GOP hires lawyer to defend DOMA, vows to take DOJ funds to foot the bill

Monday, April 18, 2011
House Republicans on Monday appointed a private attorney to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court, and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed to take funds from the Justice Department budget to pay for it. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

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. [ 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 → ]
Rep. John Boehner

Boehner calls for House group to defend Defense of Marriage Act

Friday, March 4, 2011
House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday that the House would take some action to defend the federal law that prohibits recognition of same-sex marriages. Meanwhile, at least three bills were introduced this week to either defend or expand the reach of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand to House GOP: Don’t waste taxpayer money defending DOMA

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Just one day after House GOP leadership announced they would take action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is urging Republican leaders not to waste taxpayer resources to defend the unconstitutional law. [ Read more → ]

DOJ – DOMA aftermath: Swell or tsunami?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Political decisions are a lot like oceanic earthquakes. First, there’s the quake, and then there’s the wave. So it is with the decision by the Obama Department of Justice to call the Defense of Marriage Act -- or DOMA -- unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Sens. Eric Cantor (left) and John Boehner

House GOP leaders working on plan to defend DOMA

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
In response to the Obama administration's decision to stop defending the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act in court, House Republicans are now saying they are looking to have a plan in place by late this week to defend the law themselves. [ Read more → ]

AG Holder sends letter to Speaker Boehner explaining DOMA decision

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to House Speaker Boehner on Wednesday explaining in further detail why he and President Barack Obama have made the decision to stop defending the Defense Of Marriage Act in court. Full text [...] [ Read more → ]
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