Speaker Boehner Loses 7th and Final DOMA Case

Today the Supreme Court declared Section 3 of DOMA – a discriminatory policy that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples and stands in the way of equality for all of America’s families – unconstitutional and properly discarded it in the dustbin of history.

Speaker Boehner and GOP leaders wasted $2.3 million taxpayer dollars in their shameful effort to defend DOMA.  In January, Speaker Boehner et al stealthily raised the amount of taxpayer dollars they could waste to $3 million by inserting language into the rules package for the 113th Congress – a move that caused controversy not only because of its spending authority but because the section stated the Bipartisan Legal Authority Group (BLAG) spoke for the whole House which in this case it most certainly did not.

Democratic Leader Pelosi and House Democrats filed four amici curiae in DOMA cases before the courts – in the First Circuit Court, Ninth Circuit Court, Second Circuit Court and the Supreme Court.

From the March 2013 brief submitted to the Supreme Court:

The goal of maximizing the financial well-being and independence of widows is not furthered by depriving Edie Windsor and others like her of the estate-tax exemption that other married Americans receive.  The policy of encouraging employers to provide family health benefits is not served either by denying to employers the tax deduction for providing those benefits to married gay and lesbian couples or by refusing to cover spouses of gay and lesbian federal employees.  Our national security is undermined by denying spousal benefits to gay and lesbian servicemembers, especially during periods of armed conflict.  Our veterans are dishonored when we deny them the right to have their spouses buried alongside them in our national cemeteries…

DOMA imposes a sweeping and unjustifiable federal disability on married same-sex couples.

Boehner and House Republicans lost 6 cases in a row before today’s Supreme Court ruling:

February 22, 2012 – U.S. District Court in California declares DOMA unconstitutional in Golinski v. United States.

May 24, 2012 – U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California rules DOMA unconstitutional in Dragovich v. U.S. Department of Treasury.

May 31, 2012  – U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston rules DOMA unconstitutional in Massachusetts v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

June 6, 2012 – U.S. District Court in New York rules DOMA unconstitutional in Windsor vs. U.S.

July 31, 2012 – U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut rules DOMA unconstitutional in Pedersen v. OPM

October 18, 2012 – U.S. District Court of Appeals in New York City rules DOMA unconstitutional in Windsor v. U.S.

It is shocking that it took the highest court in the land to end Speaker Boehner and the GOP’s reprehensible fight to deny basic civil rights and justice to an entire group of their fellow Americans.

Perhaps now the GOP will join Democrats and focus on creating jobs and strengthens our economy.  All Americans are waiting.

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