I read my letter to Congressman Schilling in defense of the Defense of Marriage Act to my congregation on Sunday and strongly urged them to let their voices be heard on this matter. Today we received the wonderful news that our prayers were answered and the Speaker of the House will do what the President and his Attorney General won’t. And as the Illinois Family Institute release below advises, let’s all be sure to extend our thanks to the Speaker!
|Wednesday, March 02, 2011
By David E. Smith, IFI Executive Director - Illinois Family Institute
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
UPDATE: Statement by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) Regarding the Defense of Marriage Act
Washington (Mar 4)
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement regarding the status of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):
“I will convene a meeting of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group for the purpose of initiating action by the House to defend this law of the United States, which was enacted by a bipartisan vote in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. It is regrettable that the Obama Administration has opened this divisive issue at a time when Americans want their leaders to focus on jobs and the challenges facing our economy. The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts — not by the president unilaterally — and this action by the House will ensure the matter is addressed in a manner consistent with our Constitution.”