Pelosi to Boehner: Defending DOMA a Waste


Fresh off the back of yet another federal court ruling that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) has slammed House Speaker Boehner’s defense of the law, saying it is a costly exercise that a majority of the public does not support.

Said Pelosi in a statement via Gay Politics:

“In rejecting the arguments of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, the courtís ruling also reaffirmed a core belief of the majority of House Democrats: that the House is not united in this case; that the BLAG lawyers do not speak for Congress; and that BLAGís intervention remains a waste of taxpayer resources.† The court made it clear that there is no legitimate federal interest in denying married gay and lesbian couples the legal security, rights, and responsibilities guaranteed to all married couples under state law.”

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White, in an opinion released Tuesday, ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage, violates the U.S. Constitution. White, ruling in the case of†Golinski v. United States, concluded: “DOMA, as applied to Ms. Golinski, violates her right to equal protection of the law under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution by,†without substantial justification or rational basis, refusing to recognize her lawful marriage to prevent provision of health insurance coverage to her spouse.”

House lawyers took up defense of DOMA Section 3 after the Obama administration announced in February of last year that it would no longer defend the provision because, after review, it believes the law to be unconstitutional. House Republicans, using their 3-2 majority in the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG),†voted over Democrats to have the House take up defending DOMA.

Last year Boehner increased the amount that could be spent defending DOMA from $500,000 to $1.5 million. The door remains open to further rises and Boehner, despite previous calls from Pelosi,†has repeatedly refused to set a final cap on spending.

BLAG lawyers have been heavily criticized for†misrepresenting†and distorting research to try and support their case against gay marriage. Read more on that here.

Pelosi recently broke with the official Democratic Party line saying she supports adding a call for full marriage equality to the 2012 Democratic Party platform. Read more on that here.


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patricia m lasek
patricia lasek5 years ago

"Last year Boehner increased the amount that could be spent defending DOMA from $500,000 to $1.5 million."

Couldn't he find a better ude for this money?

Robby C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Julie D- I agree! I think it's a smokescreen... Divert people's attention from the important things...

Chad A.
Chad Anderson5 years ago

I was not so impressed with Pelosi as speaker but, on reflection, she was and is a real gem and I humbly admit I was wrong to be as critical as I was at the time.

Julie Dawson
Julie D5 years ago

A lot of the money wasted in government could by cut by not spending it on stupid things like this fight against the equal rights of gay people, and trying to repeal rights and freedoms we already fought long and hard to attain (such as womens rights to reproductive freedom). How much wasted time could be saved and used for confronting important issues that could help our country and our people move forward instead of back peddling and how many useful things such as fighting hunger could be funded with this wasteful spending?

Rudolf Affolter
Past Member 5 years ago

No one is forcing you anti-Gays to adopt a Gay lifestyle. Perhaps you are worried that you are a repressed Gay?

New G.
W. C5 years ago

Thank you.

Robby C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Interesting way to waste $. I'm not a fan of the town-crier Boner, but then, Nancy "we'll have to pass it so you can see what's in it" Pelosi is a nut from hell. Maybe the two of them should duke it out...with their OWN $, & not waste our's...

Tish Levee
Tish Levee5 years ago

Well, here's a start on deficit reduction, Rep. Boehner. Delete the $1.5 million from the budget that you want to spend on what now amounts to a frivolous defense of an outmoded and unconstitutional law.

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy5 years ago

What a same to waste money that could feed the hungry, provided care for those sick and be used of good instead of the continued promotion of hate and inequality. After all the current crap going on I am pretty sure God is a Democrat now.

stacy modra
stacy modra5 years ago

wow...i just love the fact that my hard earned taxes are going to defend something that i really they really not have anything better to spend that money fixing our giant deficit? idiots....