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

Friday, December 14, 2012
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade
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.

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Boehner maxes out $1.5 million cost cap for DOMA defense

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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.
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.

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Boehner appeals DOMA cases to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, June 29, 2012
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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.

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Court denies request to expedite gay troops’ DOMA case

Friday, April 13, 2012
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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.

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

Monday, April 9, 2012
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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...

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

Monday, April 2, 2012
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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.

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Pelosi, Hoyer rebuke Boehner for DOMA defense in veteran case

Saturday, March 31, 2012
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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.

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Boehner appoints NOM co-founder to commission on religious freedom

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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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.”

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Boehner may intervene soon against gay troops’ DOMA lawsuit

Sunday, March 11, 2012
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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.

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GOP group appeals California court ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional

Friday, February 24, 2012
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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.

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