Sunday, February 26, 2012

Defense of Marriage Act - #3685 - House GOP Leaders Will Appeal Latest Defense of Marriage Act Ruling - Hot Air

Federal court judge Jeffrey White ruled yesterday that a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. It violates the principle to equal protection under the law to offer healthcare benefits to heterosexual couples but deny them to homosexual couples, White wrote in his decision on Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management. House GOP leaders announced today that they will appeal the decision — to California’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: The action by the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which moved on behalf of GOP leaders, will send the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which earlier this month ruled against a ban on gay marriage in California. … When the suit was originally filed, the Department of Justice was set to challenge Golinski in court, but that changed last year when the Obama administration said it would no longer defend DOMA. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) then took up the fight by hiring a private law firm to represent the House Bipartisan Legal Adviser Group.  Read more.........

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