Friday, March 4, 2011

John Boehner To Get House To Defend DOMA

Sam Stein wrote the following for The Huffington Post:
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced on Friday that he was spearheading a process that will, ultimately, witness the House of Representatives taking over the legal responsibilities of arguing for the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after the Obama administration's Department of Justice removed itself from the case, declaring that it had determined the law -- which dictates that the federal government can only recognize a state-sanctioned marriage between a man and a woman -- to be unconstitutional.

In a statement posted on his website, Boehner said he would be convening a meeting of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to vote on how to address the law in court. Since the group is weighted towards Republicans, the outcome seems fairly certain that the House will take on the role of the defense.

"It is regrettable that the Obama Administration has opened this divisive issue at a time when Americans want their leaders to focus on jobs and the challenges facing our economy," Boehner said. "The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts -- not by the president unilaterally -- and this action by the House will ensure the matter is addressed in a manner consistent with our Constitution."
You know, just because the administration chooses not to defend a discriminatory law does not mean the administration is not wanting to focus on jobs.  In fact, since Republicans like Boehner or House Majority Leader Eric Cantor think they need to address this matter, it would appear that they place the Defense of Marriage Act higher then increasing employment, but was this a secret?

It seems Republicans are the ones who have no interest in fixing the economy - they are only using their victories in 2010 to try and ram down our throats their religious-right agenda before it is too late and Americans realize they are frauds...

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