House to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Wednesday that the House will defend in court the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The action comes after President Obama instructed the Justice Department last month to no longer defend the law, which bans the federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Boehner said the House general counsel will initiate a legal defense of the law.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) opposed the action, while Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) supported it.

- Felicia Sonmez

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