Speaker of the House John Boehner and the House Republicans have spent an estimated $3 million of your tax dollars defending DOMA in federal courts since 2011. Despite many federal judges having declared DOMA unconstitutional years ago, Boehner insisted on hiring a hand-picked high-priced corporate attorney to defend the anti-gay marriage law in court.
Paul Clement, the attorney Boehner and his House “BLAG” — Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group that no Democrat supported — lost every single DOMA case he defended.
(Clement also infamously lost the Obamacare lawsuit, cementing the legality of the law into history.)
Today, just hours before deadline, Boehner broke and the BLAG announced they would no longer pursue legal action related to defending DOMA.
“House Republican leaders announced in a court filing Thursday that they will not be defending remaining statutes similar to the Defense of Marriage Act that ban recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages,” Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed first reported this afternoon:
The spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, however, pushed for additional, immediate action.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling is clear. Rather than trying to delay justice for particular married gay and lesbian couples and their families, Speaker Boehner should immediately file motions to end House Republicans’ involvement in the remaining cases and stop spending taxpayer dollars to defend unconstitutional discrimination,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told BuzzFeed.
Needless to say, LGBT orgs are pleased.
“After millions of taxpayer dollars wasted defending discrimination, it’s a historic sign of the times that the House leadership is dropping its pointless quest to maintain second-class status for lesbian and gay couples,” Chad Griffin, President of HRC, said in a statement.
Freedom To Marry Founder and President Evan Wolfson noted:
“It took a Supreme Court ruling, but House Republicans have finally taken a step toward joining the majority of Americans who have come to understand that marriage does not need defending from committed couples – and that, as Dick Cheney put it, ‘freedom means freedom for everyone.’ The House leadership spent millions of taxpayer dollars unsuccessfully defending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act that the Supreme Court held is indefensible. They could and should now help redeem those dollars by doing what Congress is supposed to do – pass the Respect for Marriage Act and get the discriminatory so-called Defense of Marriage Act off the books once and for all.”
It’s important to remember Speaker Boehner also appointed National Organization For Marriage co-founder Robert P. George to the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom. The Commission works to further “Christian values” around the world.
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