Federal lawmakers demand Boehner disclose House DOMA defense
Michigan Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Detroit) is among a group of lawmakers demanding Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) provide a briefing on the House’s defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The Washington Blade reports on the letter:
“As Members who believe that DOMA is unconstitutional and support the President’s decision to stop defending it, we believe that the law is not factually or legally justifiable and were interested in hearing what arguments might possibly be made in its defense,” the lawmakers write.
Congress picked up the tab and defense of the law, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing any marriages except those between one man and one woman, when President Barack Obama announced in February that he believed the law was unconstitutional, and therefore indefensible.