Vote Means Spending Perhaps Millions of Taxpayer Dollars Defending Discriminatory Law
WASHINGTON - Today the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, condemned the House Republican leadership for formally voting to authorize intervention to defend the clearly discriminatory and unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, convened by Speaker Boehner, voted 3-2 to authorize the House to retain legal counsel. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) voted against the action. With at least nine cases challenging the constitutionality of DOMA, spanning three appellate courts and four district courts in six states, today's vote sets up an expansive and expensive undertaking.
"Apparently, the Republicans' jobs plan is a full employment project for right-wing lawyers bent on defending discrimination," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "With today's vote, Speaker Boehner has made clear that an anti-equality agenda trumps helping American families in tough economic times, including loving and committed couples who are legally married in their states."
Today's vote leaves a number of important questions unanswered, including:
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