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Boehner underscores DOMA defense

On the first day of the new 113th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner made it clear that House Republicans will continue to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

The equal protection challenge to the law, which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriage, will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this term. That case, Windsor v. U.S., was noted by name by Boehner and House Republicans in the language of the House rules, which authorized continued payment of legal costs with taxpayer funds, ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue reports.

A spokesman for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted the move, saying in part: “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.”


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