In a stunning turn of events, a lawyer appointed by the Supreme Court to determine if the Court has jurisdiction over the DOMA case of Edie Windsor, and if the House of Representatives has standing to defend DOMA, has answered “no” to both questions. The lawyer, Harvard law professor Vicki Jackson, made her case last night.
DOMA, as you know, is the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Edie Windsor sued the federal government after her wife died and she was forced to pay the IRS over $360,000 in inheritance taxes — because the federal government refused to recognize her legal marriage to her wife.
After President Obama and Attorney General Holder announced they would no longer defend DOMA in court, John Boehner decided the House would, via the BLAG, and has spent upwards of $3 million defending the law many — including dozens of federal court judges — believe is unconstitutional.
Of course, this isn’t the end, but it’s a stunning slap in the face to the House Republicans, the BLAG, and especially John Boehner, whom Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have demanded stop spending the people’s money defending an unconstitutional law based in anti-gay animus.
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