To many people the Defense of Marriage Act is a somewhat abstract concept. They know it bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, but beyond that, its effects have not been widely reported. How does it impact every day life? How does it really injure same-sex couples who can now get married in certain states? Ron and Tom’s story below shows this in very real terms.
In related news, House Speaker John Boehner was forced to switch legal teams this week when firm King & Spalding withdrew from defending DOMA on behalf of Congress. More on that here.
House Speaker John Boehner has said that he aims to defund the Department of Justice to the tune of what it will cost for the House to defend DOMA: “It is my intent that those funds be diverted to the House for reimbursement of any costs incurred by and associated with the House, and not DOJ, defending DOMA.”
Advocates point out that this is money the House could be spending elsewhere rather than defending an aspect of a law that has twice been ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.
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