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Boehner’s BLAG Claiming ‘Direct Injury On The House’ If DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional

by David Badash on February 25, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics

Speaker of the House John Boehner‘s BLAG last week claimed that if the Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional, it will have caused “a direct injury on the House.” Boehner’s BLAG, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which has a Republican majority that is forcing the House to defend DOMA in the federal courts, is also claiming that the case before the Supreme Court justices has caused “a party aggrieved.”

“That party is, of course, the House.”

Yes, the problem with DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, is that if it’s ruled unconstitutional — as President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and dozens of federal judges have agreed it is — is that the House would be harmed.

READ: Obama To Supreme Court: Kill DOMA

Meanwhile, the House is the people’s representatives, and represents — like it or not — one million same-sex parents raising two million children, and these families are harmed daily by the anti-gay animus that is DOMA.

You should also know that Speaker Boehner — himself a member of the BLAG — has repeatedly, secretly, increased the budget his BLAG is allowed to spend on Boehner’s hand-picked private lawyer, Paul Clement, to now $3 million.

You should also know the BLAG is composed of a five-member panel (PDF):

The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group currently is comprised of the Honorable John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House, the Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, the Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader, and the Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, Democratic Whip. The Democratic Leader and the Democratic Whip have declined to support the position taken by the Group on the merits of DOMA Section 3’s constitutionality in this and other cases.



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Mykelbarber February 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

The only injury to the House will be to show them up for the anti-gay, religious-based animus that they demonstrated on the House floor when theay passed that legislation in 1996. An animus that OVERRODE 10% of American's 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th, and 14th Amendment rights. Period.

BearFlagCitizen February 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Just because the House passes a piece of legislation, does not make that legislation Constitutional, which is for SCOTUS to decide. SCOTUS ruling legislation unConstitutional does not harm the House. This is the function of our government exactly as it was designed to do.

How do these GOP nitwits get elected to Congress without even a basic understanding of how our government works?

Diogenes_Arktos February 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Of course the Party of "NO!" is injured when it has to swallow a "YES!"

BJLincoln February 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

How will it cause injury? It is always the same. "It will harm (fill in the blank)________.", but they NEVER offer what kind of harm or any support to prove harm.
Bonehead is a depressed, drunkard, that NEEDS to go back to his tiny town in Ohio.
I am from Ohio and have a very good idea what makes this man tick. It's not good.
Most of the state is white, christian, GOP voting @ss holes. I knew it was bad as an out lesbian but did not relize how bad it was until I escaped with my wife to the great state of Maryland.

VerboCityMayor February 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

ah yes, the "i am rubber, you are glue" defense.

i wonder, is this a common tactic for the losers of liability cases? "Your honor, since the doctor lost the malpractice suit, he can longer practice. therefore the decision should be reversed to prevent any further injury to the good doctor."

yet, i can't help but admire the audaciousness of such an absurd argument.

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