Freedom to Marry denounces GOP decision to spend more defending anti-gay DOMA

This week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives included language in the Opening Day Rules Package that allowed the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to continue paying outside counsel to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA is the anti-gay policy that requires the federal government to restrict marriage to different-sex couples and discriminate against lawfully married same-sex couples - like Corri and Dianne, pictured, who are legally married in California but cannot access a range of federal protections and responsibilities that different-sex married couples are entitled to.

Since February 2011, when President Barack Obama declared DOMA unconstitutional and said his administration would no longer defend the law, BLAG has stepped in to defend DOMA. This move by House Republicans will allow BLAG to continue spending hundreds of thousands of dollars defending a law that hurts families nationwide.

Freedom to Marry National Campaign Director Marc Solomon commented on the decision today. He said:

It's truly disheartening that, on a day of new beginnings on Capitol Hill, the leadership of the House of Representatives is advancing a measure, through its rules, to continue spending taxpayer dollars on expensive lawyers to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in court. This law has been struck down as unconstitutional 10 times, with support from judges appointed by Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes. It's past time for the Republican leadership to listen to their constituents, a majority of whom support the freedom to marry, and stop wasting precious resources in an effort to treat fellow Americans as second-class citizens.

Learn more about the Defense of Marriage Act, and check out all the ways that DOMA hurts committed couples.