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With President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder abdicating their constitutional obligations to defend the laws of the United States, particularly the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the onus has now fallen on the U.S. Congress to act in defense of the law it passed and President Bill Clinton signed in 1996.
With the U.S. Senate still controlled by Democrats, the House of Representatives led by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is where a defense would come from. “I’m really disappointed in the President and the Department of Justice in the fact that they’re not going to defend a law that Congress passed overwhelmingly,” Boehner told CBN’s David Brody on Sunday. “It’s their responsibly to do that.”
Boehner also told Brody that one option is for the U.S. House to appoint a special counsel to defend DOMA and that a decision on a course of action is likely by Friday.
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said “that House Republicans would take action to protect the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) against recent legal challenges.” Cantor also said that “to have the administration take the position, the president take the position, that he’s not defending the law of the land, is something very troubling….”
It remains critical, however, that Speaker Boehner receives support from the American people.
Please take 5 minutes to call Speaker Boehner. Thank him for his defense of traditional marriage, and encourage him to follow through with the U.S. House intervening in defense of the Federal DOMA by appointing a special counsel.
Speaker of the House John Boehner: 202-225-0600
You can also contact Speaker Boehner through his WEBSITE, or via Facebook and Twitter.
For our families,
David E. Smith
IFI Executive Director
P.S. The Chicago Tribune continues its assault on natural marriage in an editorial defending the President’s decision.