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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