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Watch: Pelosi Calls DOMA ‘Definitely Unconstitutional’ And Suggests GOP Knew It In 2005

by David Badash on March 23, 2013

in DOMA,News,Politics

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Nancy Pelosi on Thursday told reporters she believes DOMA is “definitely unconstitutional,” and is suggesting the GOP knew this as far back as at least 2005.

“DOMA is definitely unconstitutional. But don’t take my word for it, the former Speaker of the House said:

“Around 2005 the Republicans, who were in the majority, passed legislation specifically related to DOMA, which had, as you know, passed some years before, in the ’90′s. But they came up with a specific bill relating to DOMA that stripped the courts of the right of judicial review. They said Marbury v. Madison was wrongly decided, that the courts do not have right of judicial review, and therefore they were stripping the courts of judicial review.

“Why would they do that if they thought they had a constitutional bill — specifically related to DOMA?”

Pelosi, now Minority Leader, adds she feels “pretty confident about what will happen” in the Supreme Court on the DOMA case the Court is hearing next week.

DOMA is the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

Via: The Daily Caller

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josephedecker March 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Wow, how revisionist. As if the Republicans were the only folks supporting DOMA at that time.

Democratic Senators: 32-14 for DOMA
Democratic House Members: 118-65, 15 abstentions
Democratic President: Signed the bill

I wonder if the Congresswoman believes that the GOP did know DOMA was unconstitutional but the Democrats didn't; or if instead, that they simply didn't have the cojones to honor their oath to defend the Constitution.

Because it's certainly one or the other.

Huntercgo March 24, 2013 at 7:12 am

And 1996 was just like 2005. No difference whatsoever.

Coxhere March 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

2005 is nine years after 1996 and a lot of things had changed regarding Americans thinking about Gay civil rights just as now things are changing at an even faster, more accelerated pace. Pelosi, as always, is correct in her statements about the TeaPotPartiers, the religious right, and the entire GOP. Pelosi will return to the Speakership once the anti-Gay representatives are sent packing in the 2014 elections.

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