House Republican leaders announced in a court filing Thursday that they will not defend remaining statutes similar to the Defense of Marriage Act that ban recognition of same-sex couplesÃ¢ÂÂ marriages.
The move comes three weeks and one day after the Supreme Court ruled in Edith WindsorÃ¢ÂÂs case that the federal definition of marriage in DOMA was unconstitutional because it banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex couplesÃ¢ÂÂ marriages.
Ã¢ÂÂThe House has determined, in light of the Supreme CourtÃ¢ÂÂs opinion in Windsor, that it no longer will defend that statute,Ã¢ÂÂ lawyers for the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), controlled by House Republicans, wrote about veteransÃ¢ÂÂ benefits statutes that similarly ban recognition of same-sex couplesÃ¢ÂÂ marriages.
Ã¢ÂÂThe document from the legal team speaks for itself,Ã¢ÂÂ House Speaker John BoehnerÃ¢ÂÂs spokesman, Michael Steel, told BuzzFeed, when asked for comment on the move.
Pointless waste of money defending a law to maintain tyrrany!
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