Freedom to Marry Denounces GOP Move for More Spending to Defend DOMA

1/3/2013

For Immediate Release
 

Press Contact:
Nicole Collins Bronzan
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
nicole@freedomtomarry.org
646-375-2044

 

Washington, DC – House Republicans have included language in the Opening Day Rules Package authorizing the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) to continue paying outside counsel to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which discriminates against legally married same-sex couples.

Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, issued this statement:

"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."

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.