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posted Friday, January 11, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 2
DOMA die-hard - John Boehner doesn't realize it, but the marriage ship has sailed
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DOMA die-hard - John Boehner doesn't realize it, but the marriage ship has sailed

by D'Anne Witkowski - SGN Contributing Writer

I don't know if you've noticed, but national approval of Congress is down. Like, way down. You know what's more popular than Congress right now? BP, during the oil spill in the Gulf. That's right. People hate Congress more than they hate seeing petroleum-soaked pelicans and slicked-up sea turtles.

But you know what is up? Like, way up? Support for marriage equality.

So if you were John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House, what would you want to focus on in light of these numbers? Where would taxpayer money be best spent?

Why, on defending the Defense of Marriage Act, of course!

On January 3, Boehner authorized the continued use of your money for the futile task of defending DOMA, the 1996 law that defines marriage as between one woman and one man - which President Bill Clinton signed but now regrets.

The Obama administration has called DOMA unconstitutional and is no longer defending challenges to it. This has driven Boehner and Co. absolutely nuts and so, using taxpayer money, they decided the House would take over the job of defending this plainly unconstitutional law.

This is a very crazy time for DOMA, seeing as the Supreme Court is going to hear a case about it in March.

FISCAL HYPOCRISY
Granted, it isn't surprising that Boehner and his fellow Republicans are freaking out about this. Anti-Gay hysteria has long been a staple for them. But for a guy who would rather your grandma eat cat food than a billionaire pay another dime in taxes, it does call into question how sincere Republicans are about their garment-rending over fiscal issues. We don't have money for Social Security, but for beating up on Gays? Oh, sure. Here's a blank check. Gotta have priorities.

Many people are, unsurprisingly, calling Boehner out on this. According to ABC News, Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, said, 'House Republicans will send a clear message to LGBT families: their 'fiscal responsibility' mantra does not extend to their efforts to stand firmly on the wrong side of the future.'

Hammill continued, 'As House Democrats have time and time again made clear, the BLAG (the House's Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which is defending the law) does not speak for all members of the House of Representatives, and we will continue to oppose this wasteful use of taxpayer funds to defend DOMA.'

THE TIDE HAS TURNED
Other Democrats criticized the Republicans as well. 'You know, they are like flamingos - no, ostriches - with their heads in the ground,' Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 'They cannot see what is going on in the country around them. They just keep doing this crazy stuff. This crazy stuff is taking over the Republican Party. The tide of history has turned against them. They just refuse to recognize it.'

McDermott continued, '[House Republicans] are the people who made a big deal about opposing earmarks, yet they keep spending money on this stupid lawsuit. Spending $1.7 million on a lawsuit doesn't bother them.'

DOMA has been struck down repeatedly in federal appeals court, and with the current administration refusing to defend it, this decades-long anti-Gay chapter in history may well be coming to an end. DOMA is a sinking ship. Let's hope it takes Boehner down with it.

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