GOP Reps Back Resolution to Condemn Obama’s DOMA Decision

Over ninety (and counting) Republican Representatives have signed on to a resolution condemning the Obama Administration’s announcement that it can no longer defend Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court because under review the Department of Justice has determined it is unconstitutional.

The lead sponsor of the resolution is Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), but more notable names found among the cosponsors include Michele Bachman (R-MN), Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Mike Pence (R-I). 

The resolution, House Concurrent Resolution 25, says Obama has stated himself that he believes marriage is a union between one man and one woman, that Congress overwhelmingly passed the law and that the Obama Admin is continuing to defend laws that barely scraped through Congress such as in “vigorously” defending Obama’s “signature health care” bill, and because (apparently) “the vast majority of Americans believe that marriage should continue to be what it always has been — the legal and spiritual union between one man and one woman” the Department of Justice should be instructed to once again defend the law “in all instances.”

At no point does the resolution touch on the constitutionality of the President’s decision, nor on the constitutionality of DOMA itself. It instead relies on the notion that if something is popular it must necessarily be correct.

The resolution, originally brought up on March 3, has now been sent to the House Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Steve King, who serves on said committee and is a co-sponsor of the resolution, has said that he intends to go one step further and will try to defund the Department of Justice for the cost of the House defending DOMA.

From Iowa Independent:

“President Obama’s decision to abdicate his executive branch responsibility to defend DOMA is a constitutional outrage,” King said. “DOMA is an important law that seeks to preserve the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. President Obama’s decision to abandon the law is yet another example of his willingness to politicize the Department of Justice on behalf of favored interest groups.”

King has noted, both in press releases and on Twitter, that his intention is to strip funding from the DOJ if the agency continues to refuse defense of DOMA.

“Since the House will now be incurring legal expenses related to the defense of the law,” he said, “I intend to offer an amendment that will defund the Department of Justice by a comparable amount. The DOJ should not receive funding for work that it is refusing to do.”

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner last week in which she requested he put a figure on exactly how much it will cost to defend DOMA Section 3, saying that the House of Representatives would be better disposed tackling the issues of job creation and economic stability. Read the letter here.

A bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act is to be reintroduced into Congress on Wednesday.

Take Action: Tell Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Becky Y.
Rebecca Y6 years ago

As a heterosexual, I will never understand how making laws against love has anything to do with the government...isn't it supposed to be a separate and state? Of course, the Constitution says we all have the right to the "pursuit of happiness." But I guess that is only for white, heterosexual, Christian folks! Maybe the Republicans don't want us to look too closely at what they are really doing by smoke screening everyone into looking at all the wrong things while they overtake the good people. I sure wish the Democrats would get some backbone and tell them all to go to Hell where they belong.

kenny s.
Kenny Stidham6 years ago

I dont care who is in "power". I will never do what a republican or so called christian tells me to do. Its my life and I will live it the way I want.

Nancy Dodson
Nancy Dodson6 years ago

When are the Republicons going to stop trying to get the whole world to follow their views. Don't they realize that this is the United States of America where everyone is supposed to be FREE? Who do they think they are? Any party that has the crazy ideas they do certainly has no business telling others how to think! They are raising their children to believe that evolution doesn't exist, that there is no such thing as global warming, that the poor should be left to starve, that the sick should just die..........and they really feel qualified to tell the rest of us how we should live. Yeah, right! You can believe what you want. Don't try to force it on the rest of us! We aren't buying it!

ruth a.
ruth a6 years ago

I thought Congress had more important things to do...

Maria R.
Maria Romero6 years ago

I read an article the other day that a state, I can't remember which one anymore or the exact wording, where the state would provide domestic partnership applications instead of marriage licenses and leave it to the church to actually marry people. I think this is a good idea for those that want the same legal benefits a marriage provides.

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

@ Sharon A. "I agree completely!!! What is it about two commited people of the same sex that scares the teapublicans so much??"

It goes against their right-wing, theocratic, fascist paradigm

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

@ Jan W. would you you expect these right wing nuts to do anything else.

Harmony B.
Harmony B6 years ago

I believe that the blue dogs conservadems, tea baggers, and non-wealthy republicans are the truest representation of the American people...this coming from a Brit who was raised predominately in the colonies.

Sure there are some progressives, some of which are as loony as their right wing counterparts, but by and large AmeriKKKia(yes I spelled it correctly) is a very right wing/conservative country, and it's infecting the rest of the world.

It's the land of the "common man", which is very different than the working person, in Europe the two are used interchangeably, that's not the case in the US, it's why US politicians can run on "jobs" , deliver social conservatism, and continue to be re-elected.

From the common man's standpoint, they - traditional white Christians living out in the stick get something, as opposed to gays, or black, or immigrants, the major metros (which are not representative of the populace gaining while average, ) or USELESS as I call them, Joes stay put or lose status.

Janet K.
Janet K6 years ago

I condemn Republicans! Their Nazi-Taliban tactics must be stopped!!

Alice B.
Alice B6 years ago

Yeah well the rightwing homophobe Repulsives prefer their 'fruit' FORBIDDEN. They *love* 'SIN' and they want everything forbidden to be illegal, immoral, etc. so they can get OFF on it: e.g. Repulsive Senators picking up rent boys at our local MSP International Airport bathroom....
Religulousness allows rightwing creeps to have their secret pedophile rings and their private "escort" services and their wife-swapping parties and their SEX TRAFFICKING rape fests while they publicly point the finger of demonization at us LGBTQ *human beings* for just being our true selves and for having the courage to come OUT. Repulsives on the other hand prefer their BIG LIES and their HYPOCRISY.