Saturday, December 15, 2012

John Boehner Spends $500K to Defend DOMA

Half a mil would buy a lot of bourbon, Boehner!
Image from source, Addicting Info.
You know, it's difficult to take John Boner Boehner seriously for a number of reasons. He's orange. He cries a lot. He says things that are obviously untrue, and acts unserious and immature given his position and stature. He almost always sounds like a drunk trying so hard to not sound drunk. And then there is something like this. Mr. "We Have to Reign in Spending™!!!" is spending a further $500,000 to defend the indefensible, the Defense of Marriage Act.

DOMA is an anachronistic, badly named, obviously unconstitutional law. It was signed by Bill Clinton, who'd been painted into a corner by conservatives over his support for gay rights. Along with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), it was an uncomfortable compromise in the early nineties. Clinton has denounced and regrets both policies. DADT is now history. DOMA should be--and so obviously, one day, will be--history too.

Today, the "protect marriage" crowd clings to DOMA, knowing that's all that stops marriage equality from spreading to all 50 states. If the Supreme Court strikes it down (as I hope) in June of next year, you can be sure the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) will be on the warpath for a Constitutional amendment to "protect marriage," a smokescreen that means "prevent gay people from having equal rights." But NOM is showing their true colors lately. It is very clear that protecting the word "marriage" or even the concept is not their aim. More and more, they're bringing out their hyper religiosity and their homophobia into the light of day. And their only real tactic is delay, delay, delay. I'm convinced they know they'll lose. But their business model is to stretch it out as long as possible. What else could it be? Meanwhile, Boehner throws good money after bad.


House Republicans Secretly Approve $500,000 Increase In Funds To Defend DOMA

Roll Call is reporting that in September, soon to be former Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA) secretly approved a $500,000 increase in a contract with a private law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This is the second increase in funding allocated to Bancroft PLLC and former Solicitor General, Republican Paul Clement, to spend up to $2 million to defend the law in federal court. The contract was originally set at $500,000 and was raised on September 29, 2011 to $1.5 million and again on September 28, 2012 to its current level. . .

Read more at: Addicting Info

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