John Boehner: Congress Likely To Take Over Defense Of DOMA

Not surprisingly, House Speaker John Boehner said today that Congress is likely to take over defense of the Defense Of Marriage Act now that the Obama Administration has announced that it would not be doing so:

The House is likely to take steps to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in an interview posted Monday.

Boehner, the leader of the Republican-held House, said he and and his members are considering a number of options to defend DOMA after President Obama ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the 1990s law in court.

“I’d be very surprised if the House didn’t decide that they were going to defend the law,” Boehner said on “The Brody File” of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

This is not at all unusual, as I documented over the weekend, and Boehner even admits as much in the interview:

“It’s happened before where administrations have decided they weren’t going to go out and vigorously defend a law that Congress passed, but I really am disappointed in the president in his actions,” Boehner said. “But if the president won’t lead, if the president won’t defend DOMA, then you’ll see the House of Representatives defend our actions in passing a bill that frankly passed overwhelmingly.”

So, see, no Constitutional crisis.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. michael reynolds says:
  2. anjin-san says:

    > But if the president won’t lead, if the president won’t defend DOMA, t

    No, the President won’t lead us in abuse of gays and lesbians. Good for him.