Last March, House Speaker Boehner convened the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group in order to have the House defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Since the group consists of the Speaker of the House, the Majority Leader, the Majority Whip, the Minority Leader, and the Minority Whip it was easy to predict the Republican majority would carry the vote.
Former Solicitor Paul Clement, now with King & Spalding, has been reportedly been hired to defend DOMA. Speaker Boehner claims that in order to protect taxpayers from any cost, the money will come from the Department of Justice who would have born the cost anyway. No word yet on whether Speaker Boehner understands that funds diverted from DOJ come from us taxpayers.
The big question is: what does this mean for employees of King & Spalding? Not to worry. If Paul Clement prevails I'm sure King & Spalding will still continue to offer domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples in their employ.
How fortunate we are that Speaker Boehner and many other members of Congress want to protect marriage--all three for Newt Gingrich and all four for Rush Limbaugh. There's no telling how casual and nonchalant we would be about marriage today if we didn't hold it so dear.
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