Speaker Boehner Triples Fund to Deny Protections to Gay and Lesbian Couples

by Lauren Burton

Tab jumps to at least $1.5 million in taxpayer money to defend discrimination.


Washington– House Speaker John Boehner originally entered into a contract with private attorneys to depend the Defense of Marriage Act 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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