Speaker launches effort to defend gay marriage ban

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Speaker launches effort to defend gay marriage ban
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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 2:13pm
Speaker launches effort to defend gay marriage ban

House Speaker John Boehner said Friday the House may go to court to defend the federal law against gay marriage, which President Barack Obama's administration has concluded is unconstitutional.

By LAURIE KELLMAN

Associated Press

House Speaker John Boehner

Alex Brandon / AP

House Speaker John Boehner

WASHINGTON —

House Speaker John Boehner said Friday the House may go to court to defend the federal law against gay marriage, which President Barack Obama's administration has concluded is unconstitutional.

Boehner said he would convene a group of bipartisan congressional leaders that has the authority to instruct the House counsel to represent the chamber in court. The panel would include Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

"The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts -- not by the president unilaterally," the Ohio Republican said in a statement. "This action by the House will ensure the matter is addressed in a manner consistent with our Constitution."

 nwtreehugger  

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What's this got to do with JOBS???? NOTHING!!!!!!!

Get on with what your suppose to be doing~~GETTING THE US BACK TO WORK! WHERE ARE THE JOBS GOP???? WHERE IN THE HECK ARE THEY???

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 02-05-2011
The jobs issue is resolving, unemployment is down. A President swears to defend our Constitution. Part of the Constitution are the laws passed by prior administrations. Obama isn't doing his job, Boehner understands if a precedent is established allowing future Presidents to allow laws to fall without defense, that much we have as law could fall.

Courts expect a vigorous defense by the government when a law is challenged.

Lets say the next President isn't disposed toward defending Medicare or Social Security, or even Roe v Wade. Are we really ready as a culture to let one man permit our prior laws fall based on his own personal beliefs? Can we establish that a President can work against the Constitution and defy his oath? At that point, the oath becomes meaningless.

The DOMA act probably wasn't a brilliant law. However, establishing precedents that permit Presidents to violate their Constitutional duties, violate their oath of office and permit prior laws they disagree with to fall opens a nasty can of worms.
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Registered: 04-07-2002
There is nothing right in defending a BAD law. Why should a sitting President be forced to defend such a law? It IS NOT part of the Constiution or the Bill of Rights. It's legislation - nothing more. Show me where it says that marriage must be between a man and a woman in either. I was under the impression that in order for such things to be added, the states had to approve of it as well.

 nwtreehugger