The Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), issued a statement last week stating that he would announce this week whether the House of Representatives will defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. On February 23, the Obama administration announced the president had concluded that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional and that the Department of Justice would no longer defend the discriminatory law in court.
The following can be attributed to Christopher Anders, ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel:
“Because of DOMA, the 80,000 married same-sex American couples living, working and paying taxes across the country face daily discrimination that harms their entire families. We strongly urge the House not to defend what is not only an unconstitutional law but a law that has serious consequences for real people. Instead of defending DOMA, Congress should focus on repealing this unjust statute.”