Sunday, March 13, 2011

Defense of Marriage Act - #2717- Marriage to be Defended After House Panel's 3-2 Vote - Baptist Press

The House of Representatives officially got involved March 9 in defending the Defense of Marriage Act when a bipartisan leadership panel voted 3-2 to support the law in federal court.  Christian and conservative leaders applauded the move. The party-line move by the House Bipartisan Leadership Advisory Group came two weeks after President Obama ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending the act, which was signed into law in 1996 and which defines marriage for federal purposes as between one man and one woman. A handful of federal lawsuits against it are pending. House Speaker John Boehner released a brief statement saying the House general counsel "has been directed to initiate a legal defense" of the law, which passed in '96 by margins of 84-15 in the Senate and 342-67 in the House and was signed by President Clinton. The move by the advisory group does not require approval by the full House. Read more.......

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