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Big Surprise: Boehner's House Likely to Defend DOMA

Big Surprise: Boehner's House Likely to Defend DOMA

Congress is likely to defend the Defense of Marriage Act after the Obama administration announced it would stop defending a key section of the 1996 law, House Speaker John Boehner said Monday. Boehner called the Justice Department announcement last week "raw politics" and indicated that the House under his leadership could appoint a special counsel to defend DOMA in federal court.

Congress is likely to defend the Defense of Marriage Act after the Obama administration announced it would stop defending a key section of the 1996 law, House Speaker John Boehner said Monday.

"I'd be very surprised if the House didn't decide that they were going to defend the law," Boehner said in an interview with David Brody of CBN News. "[I]f the President won't lead, if the President won't defend DOMA[,] then you'll see the House of Representatives defend our actions in passing a bill that frankly passed overwhelmingly."

Boehner called the Justice Department announcement last week "raw politics" and indicated that the House under his leadership could appoint a special counsel to defend DOMA in federal court. 

Read the interview here.  

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