WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he doesn’t expect House Republicans will weigh in on same-sex marriage when the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue this Spring.
“I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” Boehner told the Washington Blade at his weekly news conference. “The court will make its decision and that’s why they’re there, to be the highest court in the land.”
Boehner’s remarks come just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. Among the cases before the high court is a lawsuit challenging the ban in Boehner’s home state of Ohio.
The lack of intervention by Boehner stands in contrast to actions from House Republicans when the marriage issue was previously before the courts.
In 2013, Boehner and GOP leadership in the U.S. House spent more than $3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).