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Watch: John Boehner Says Obama DOMA Decision is 'Outrageous', Says House Plans to Defend Law

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House Speaker John Boehner told Great van Susteren in an 'On the Record' interview that he plans to defend DOMA:

"DOMA is the law of the land. It passed overwhelming in both the House and the Senate. And I think it’s outrageous for the president to say, Well, we’re not going to enforce it. It’s the law of the land. It’s the job of the Justice Department to defend the work of our government. And I just think it’s outrageous. We’re looking at our options, what’s available to us to intervene. The short — the long and short of this is that we are going to intervene. The question is how do we do it."

For the record, Obama said he did plan to enforce DOMA until it is repealed.

Watch (starts at 10:30), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Republicans feigning outrage over their own lies.

    You don't say.

    Posted by: Wes | Mar 3, 2011 1:25:31 PM


  2. @Wes: Reality has never gotten in the way of Republican talking points before. Why expect it to start now?

    Posted by: Rich F. | Mar 3, 2011 1:31:05 PM


  3. STFU John of Orange

    Posted by: nick | Mar 3, 2011 1:32:08 PM


  4. On one hand, I do believe that laws should be upheld. On the other, though, we shouldn't blindly uphold laws that are obviously discriminatory and unfair to a set of citizens.

    I don't think it is reasonable to expect all bodies of government to just drop DOMA and pretend like it doesn't exist while it sits on the books, so I think Boehner is right: DOMA needs to be upheld from a legal standpoint. However, that doesn't mean the law itself is right, and I think it should be struck down using other means, means that I'm sure (and hope) Obama is working on.

    Posted by: Austin | Mar 3, 2011 1:34:02 PM


  5. Have the GOP never repealed any laws? I thought Bush Jnr did with quite a few stuff?

    I know now that the GOP has voted to defund all the social programs so far...

    Guys, are gay blogs the only news places that seem to fight for gay rights on mainstream news?

    It seems weird that NOM etc are doing all this stuff plus GOP is making up all sorts and there actually isn't a gay media organisation that is fighting this.

    How depressing.

    We have pinknews who always on the case...

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 3, 2011 1:38:48 PM


  6. I doubt the House has standing to intervene in these cases; good luck getting the judges to let you

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Mar 3, 2011 1:43:11 PM


  7. Let me say this in all caps, so it sinks in.

    DOMA STILL EXISTS. DOMA IS STILL BEING ENFORCED. DOMA IS STILL STANDING LAW.

    The President is well within his rights to refuse to defend a (section of a) law if he believes it to be unconstitutional.

    Congress is free to defend in his stead, if not a judge is still free to rule in its favor.

    Republicans are straight up lying yet again and people are acting like they actually may have a point. Unbelievable.

    Posted by: Wes | Mar 3, 2011 1:53:11 PM


  8. Whatever, This is just disgusting. It is a sad day that the freaking Speaker of the House gets on fox news and works with them to lie and mislead thousands of americans. EVERY SINGLE TIME someone says that the prez isn't enforcing DOMA they are doing it on purpose.


    And for the damn record we would be cheering in the damn streets if he wasn't enforcing it anymore.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Mar 3, 2011 1:56:31 PM


  9. "The 3/5 Compromise is the law of the land. It passed overwhelming in both the House and the Senate. And I think it’s outrageous for the president to say, Well, we’re not going to enforce it. It’s the law of the land. It’s the job of the Justice Department to defend the work of our government. And I just think it’s outrageous. We’re looking at our options, what’s available to us to intervene. The short — the long and short of this is that we are going to intervene. The question is how do we do it."

    Posted by: Baby Jane | Mar 3, 2011 2:00:28 PM


  10. How can you tell if a Republican is lying?

    Check to see if it is breathing.

    Posted by: TC | Mar 3, 2011 2:07:04 PM


  11. I'm so tired of soundbites. "The law of the land," "second class citizens" etc. Politics suck and politicians are garbage.

    Posted by: jj | Mar 3, 2011 2:11:06 PM


  12. Doesn't Speaker Boehner know that laws are constantly being made and then repealed? I'm sure he does, so this is just another cheap attempt at getting attention. Can't he find something better to do with his position?

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 3, 2011 2:15:48 PM


  13. Where are the jobs you promised John? Where are the jobs?

    A bunch of queers being recognized is more of a concern for you and your party than actually creating jobs?

    Makes for good cannon fodder up to the 2012 race. Game on. Show the public what asshats you guys really are.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 3, 2011 2:22:02 PM


  14. I miss Nancy Pelosi already!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Mar 3, 2011 2:41:19 PM


  15. sainted ronny ray-gun and his DOJ very publicly did not defend/uphold tax law in the Bob jones case

    oh how quickly the hypocrites forget

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Mar 3, 2011 2:55:11 PM


  16. This would be the perfect time for the National Inquirer to release its story about John Boehner and his 2 affairs!!!!!

    Posted by: mark | Mar 3, 2011 3:05:21 PM


  17. I love how the tea party is making the House Leadership get out there with this - most Americans do not care about DOMA -- and are wondering why the Speaker is talking about this when we are in a war, in a recession, and states are going bankrupt.

    Boehner doesn't care about DOMA - but he is terrified of the tea party - which thinks he is an idiot - it is fun to see Boehner run scared.

    Republicans sold their soul to the tea party for another grab at power - and now are unable to do anything with it. The tail is wagging the rat.

    Posted by: ricky | Mar 3, 2011 3:13:27 PM


  18. It's amazing that these people only hear what they want to hear, even if they have to make it up. The President never, reapeat never, said he wasn't going to enforce the DOMA law that is now on the books. He has every intention of enforcing it for as long as it remains the law. That's part of his job. What he did say was that he doesn't believe it's constitutional (he did study Constitutional Law at Harvard) and is therefore directing his Attorney General Eric Holder to no longer defend it's constitutionality in court.

    These people are thick.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Mar 3, 2011 6:15:29 PM


  19. He is a moron. It's not about what politicians want, it's about what the people want. 500 homophobic retards do not accurately represent the country.

    Posted by: Garst | Mar 3, 2011 7:44:32 PM


  20. Where are the jobs the rethugs promised would be the main item on their agenda? Where are the jobs? Where are the job? Let us keep asking and keeping their feet to the fire. They ran on that promise. They should be constantly reminded. They said they could do better... so???

    Posted by: Reggie | Mar 3, 2011 8:47:28 PM


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