As The Supreme Court Considers DOMA, Boehner Goes Mum | ThinkProgress

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“It’s not that we hate Gays, it’s just that we just don’t like them at all, nor do we think they deserve equal rights as the rest of us.”

Who are the defendants in the DOMA case argued in front of the Supreme Court? House Republicans. 
Yup, your “Austerity Now!” House GOP paid $3million in taxpayer dollars to former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement to fight hard to keep gays from marrying. This even in light of a recent poll that found that 52 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters under 50 now support same-sex marriage, as do 81 percent of Republicans under 30.This is the newer, friendlier, more caring Republican party. Doesn’t matter what the people think, because the ones that pay the bills are the passionate haters. 
Spending taxpayer dollars on healthcare: BAD! 
Spending taxpayer dollars to defend hate legislation: PATRIOTIC ! — The Ryno

by Igor Volsky, posted March 27 on ThinkProgress

House Republicans have paid former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement $3 million to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, but as the legal challenge is heard at Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, GOP leaders have remained silent on the matter.

In 2011, House Speaker John Beohner (R-OH) convened the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) and voted to direct the Office of General Counsel to defend DOMA, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. The decision came shortly after President Obama’s Department of Justice announced that it could not defend the unconstitutional measure.

But in light of growing public support for marriage equality, prominent Republicans have been hesitant to discuss the law publicly. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) have yet to issue a press release or Tweet in favor of DOMA and a Nexis search conducted on Wednesday morning showed that neither man has provided quotes to the media (though Boehner briefly addressed the matter last week, when confronted by a reporter). On Wednesday, GOP leadership wouldn’t appear in an NPR story about a case, refusing to explain why they’re spending millions in tax payer dollars.

As NPR’s Nina Totenberg reported:

Those defending the law have been strangely unwilling to make their arguments outside court. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) declined to be interviewed for this broadcast, as did Clement and leading House members who voted for the law.

Since Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) became the first sitting GOP senator to embrace marriage equality, top Republicans have admitted that conservatives have lost the battle against same-sex marriage, noting that young voters overwhelmingly support the freedom to marry. Indeed, a recent poll found that 52 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters under 50 now support same-sex marriage, as do 81 percent of Republicans under 30.

 

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