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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:21 PM

DOMA: House Republicans Poised To Spend $3 Million On Legal Defense

Source: Huffington Post

House Republican leaders have signed on to spend up to $3 million to keep defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court, according to a copy of their newly revised legal contract obtained by The Huffington Post.

House Republican leaders took over the legal defense of DOMA in the spring of 2011, when Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Obama administration would no longer defend it on the grounds that they found it unconstitutional. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders hired attorneys at the law firm Bancroft LLC to represent the House in court cases involving the federal ban on gay marriage -- all with taxpayer dollars.

On Jan. 4, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), who chairs the House Administration Committee, signed a revised contract with Bancroft LLC that increases the spending cap to $3 million to allow Bancroft attorneys to keep defending DOMA in various court cases. The revised contract also bears the signatures of Bancroft partner Paul Clement and Kerry Kircher, general counsel for the House of Representatives.

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The revised contract comes on the heels of House Republican leaders inserting language into the rules package for the 113th Congress that authorizes the House legal team to keep paying outside counsel to defend DOMA. The rules package also states that the House legal team continues to "speak for" all House members in its defense of DOMA -- language that infuriated Democrats opposed to the matter. All but one Republican, Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.), voted to pass the rules package, effectively endorsing the DOMA language. But a Jones spokesman told The Huffington Post that Jones' opposition wasn't DOMA-related.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/15/doma-republicans_n_2479666.html?ir=Gay+Voices&ref=topbar

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Reply DOMA: House Republicans Poised To Spend $3 Million On Legal Defense (Original post)
Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
sakabatou Jan 2013 #1
lunasun Jan 2013 #13
sakabatou Jan 2013 #15
valerief Jan 2013 #2
freshwest Jan 2013 #3
eggplant Jan 2013 #4
Dollface Jan 2013 #5
Stringfellow Hawke Jan 2013 #6
tomm2thumbs Jan 2013 #7
obama2terms Jan 2013 #8
NYtoBush-Drop Dead Jan 2013 #9
JudyM Jan 2013 #16
HockeyMom Jan 2013 #10
ChiTownChavista Jan 2013 #11
Politicub Jan 2013 #12
wordpix Jan 2013 #14

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:29 PM

1. Keeping consenting couples from marrying just because of the Bible

Disgusting.

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:52 PM

13. what does it say in the bible about marriage that they reference?

just wondering no snark or anything
I just do not know what part of the bible is against gay marriage
I only see signs like Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve but not bible quotes
anyway, that 3Mil could have gone to charities!!!!

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Response to lunasun (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:00 AM

15. It's not about marriage per se, it's more about the sex

At least, that's what I think it is.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:02 PM

2. Because they care about the debt. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:27 PM

3. +1

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:51 PM

4. They are probably offsetting it against the taxes they would lose...

...when the couples started filing as married filing jointly.

Oh wait, they are in favor of lowering taxes.

can't ... hold ... dissonant ... ideas ... in ... head ... >* pop *<

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:54 PM

5. Republicans, pissing away a fortune since 1981

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 04:06 PM

6. I want all 3 million back.

 

The House Republicans should remove $3 million and another $10 million from their warchest to pay for the DOMA which is going to be a massive overturn.

We should not be paying one red cent from our coffers.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:19 PM

7. a small price to pay, to lose the majority in 2 years


Keep it up, and they'll be spending as much on flowers at the funeral of the Republican Party entirely.

(I'll send a card)

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:36 PM

8. Absolutely disgusting

Repukes whine about having how gay people getting married goes against their beliefs, well my tax dollars going to fund something that hurts gay people goes against my beliefs.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:44 PM

9. It better be coming out of their own pockets.

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Response to NYtoBush-Drop Dead (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:07 AM

16. "... all with taxpayer dollars." nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:50 PM

10. Just cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

to cut the "deficit". but it's OK to spend MILLIONS so those bad gays cannot marry.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 09:07 PM

11. Unbelievable!

The Repugs hypocrisy is beyond belief.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 09:14 PM

12. This drives me nuts. They know they're spitting in our face.

There is nothing good or redeeming about the GOP. Nothing.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:46 PM

14. I wish there were some way to sue for this money back. Outrageous!

Not just the money, either, but trying to save the sinking ship DOMA that is going down soon, anyway

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