It's ironic, then, that he just tripled the taxpayer-funded lawyer contract to defend the anti-gay "Defense of Marriage Act," going from $500,000 to $1.5 MILLION.
The Hill reports:
“It is absolutely unconscionable that Speaker Boehner is tripling the cost for his legal boondoggle to defend the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said Tuesday in a news release.
“At a time when Americans are hurting and job creation should be the top priority, it just shows how out of touch House Republicans have become that they would spend up to $1.5 million dollars to defend discrimination in our country,” he added.
Boehner’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Regardless of how bigoted it is to defend the law, how the hell does he not even have a comment prepared to defend increasing the budget triple-fold, especially when he is out making the media rounds blasting government spending?
House Republicans picked up the bill because, following District Court decisions overturning DOMA, President Obama has refused to defend the law in court.
Side note: While DOMA is a law passed by Congress, so were:
- The Chinese Exclusion Act, which excluded Chinese "skilled and unskilled laborers and Chinese employed in mining" from entering the country for ten years under penalty of imprisonment and deportation. [Overturned by legislation]
- The Jim Crow Laws, which demanded the so-called "separate but equal" status for black Americans in all public facilities. [Overturned by Brown v. Board of Education]
- Prohibition on Alcohol, which was added to the U.S. Constitution via the Eighteenth Amendment. [Repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment]
- In addition to the many other various laws that former Presidents (Bush, Clinton, Reagan) have chosen not to defend. For more information and a good explanation of why discrimination doesn't have to be defended, MediaMatters.org has an awesome article here.
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