Speaker Boehner Triples Fund to Deny Protections to Gay and Lesbian Couples
October 4, 2011 by Michael Cole-Schwartz, Director of Communications
When the Obama Administration determined that they couldn’t mount a legal defense to the Defense of Marriage Act – the law that denies federal recognition to legally married gay and lesbian couples – House Speaker John Boehner entered into a contract with private attorneys to defend the law in court with a cap of legal fees at $500,000. A new contract that was revealed today increases that amount to $1.5 million.
Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement:
“There seems to be no limit to how much taxpayer money the House Republican leadership is willing to spend to keep this discriminatory law on the books. At a time when budgeting is the watchword in Washington, Americans will be rightly aghast at this boondoggle for right-wing lawyers. The Defense of Marriage Act singles out same-sex couples for unfair treatment and no amount of money can overcome the fact that it flies in the face of our cherished constitutional principles.”
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