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Boehner, House GOP Appeal Ruling That Struck Down DOMA

House Republicans today appealed a ruling by federal Judge Jeffrey White striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, the San Jose Mercury News reports:

John_boehnerIn court papers, a group of congressional Republicans defending the federal gay marriage ban revealed they are appealing the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9th Circuit will become the second federal appeals court to now consider the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 16-year-old law known as DOMA...

...The Obama administration has sided with Golinski in the case, arguing that DOMA is unconstitutional. Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner, have jumped in to defend the law, filing the notice of appeal on Friday. With cases unfolding in several federal courts, many experts predict the issue will wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Earlier this week...
Federal Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional [tr]
Analysis of the Ruling [tr]

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  1. i admit, i am ignorant when it comes to the legal process, but whats the point of these cases, when the loser can keep appealing if they don't like the result?

    Posted by: Emmy | Feb 24, 2012 12:20:44 PM

  2. i hope someone told Mr. Bo(h)ner that it was one of George W Bush's 'activist' judges. Justice White, who rendered this decision.

    not that it would make any difference to any of the bo(h)new heads...

    Posted by: mike/ | Feb 24, 2012 12:24:43 PM

  3. @Emmy: delay marriage equality in order to curry favor with the voting base.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Feb 24, 2012 12:26:47 PM

  4. The personification of Dan Savages SANTORUM. It is time to bombard his office with email voicing the outrage of Americans who know that this is just wrong.

    Posted by: lk | Feb 24, 2012 12:30:47 PM

  5. There goes that liberal media making those poor republicans look anti-gay... right, sure whatever you say Mrs. Cindy McCain!

    Posted by: jzn | Feb 24, 2012 12:36:48 PM

  6. Yes, Cindy McCain, clearly the GOP is NOT anti-gay and it's the media's fault they have that reputation... Riiiight... What party is she talking about, because it's not the same one as the rest of the world sees

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Feb 24, 2012 12:39:16 PM

  7. " but whats the point of these cases, when the loser can keep appealing if they don't like the result?"

    The point is that there is an end to the process. They actually can't keep appealing. They can take it up a few levels, and then it eventually maxes out at the Supreme Court (which gets to decide whether they even want to hear the appeal at all.)

    And while it sucks that it takes so much time, each appeal we win extends the reach of the decision. If we win at the Supreme Court, it stands as the precedent nationwide.

    What's the alternative? Waiting until the bigots get tired of being bigots?

    Posted by: Lymis | Feb 24, 2012 12:45:19 PM

  8. Maybe Ari can answer this. If the DOJ and the courts rule a law is unconstitutional, yet congress continues to actively defend and support it, can we sue for damages?

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Feb 24, 2012 12:47:23 PM

  9. Dear GOProud and Log Cabin. Please explain to me again why you support the Republican Party. Try to do it with a straight face is possible.

    Posted by: Butch | Feb 24, 2012 12:47:52 PM

  10. OK that does it with this guy. Let his office know with extreme distaste that he does not speak for any majority but that of his own ilk in a discredited party, one that cannot even begin to find a Presidential candidate worthy of the highest American values. The G in GOP stands for Grotesque.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 24, 2012 12:48:54 PM

  11. The Republican Party is a hate group. It's just that simple.

    Posted by: Johnson | Feb 24, 2012 12:51:28 PM

  12. It sucks that Log Cabin Republicans head R. Clark Cooper and former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, out & gay, are co-chairing Boehner's re-election campaign. Or are these two still ashamed of being gay?

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 24, 2012 1:13:44 PM

  13. They're still ashamed of being gay.

    They were much happier whehn The Closet ruled the world.

    I blame Neil Patrick Harris!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 24, 2012 1:34:58 PM

  14. DAVID - NPH indeed. You are funny! GBA (godblessamerica).

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 24, 2012 1:55:09 PM

  15. F them. So sick of their hate and bitterness.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 24, 2012 2:12:40 PM

  16. Honestly, I would have been surprised if they HADN'T filed an appeal.

    Posted by: K | Feb 24, 2012 2:27:59 PM

  17. Everyone who loses in court would like to appeal, but each step gets more expensive so it's nice to have money. Of course, you could be Key Lay of Enron fame and die before you have a chance to appeal, which somehow negates your conviction and allows your family to keep all the loot, but then that is why there are good lawyers and not so good lawyers.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 24, 2012 2:56:38 PM

  18. Great... More of our taxpayer money flushed down the toilet in an attempt to prevent what should be every couple's natural born right to pursue life, liberty and happiness! What a waste!

    Posted by: Jason | Feb 24, 2012 3:02:34 PM

  19. BUTCH - they do EVERYTHING with as straight a face as possible.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 24, 2012 3:13:53 PM

  20. Nothing says "we're pro-gay!" like filing appeals and spending tax dollars to deny equality. Right, RICK?

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 24, 2012 3:15:31 PM

  21. How soon can we vote this fool out of office?

    Posted by: Butch1 | Feb 24, 2012 4:31:06 PM

  22. I would like to know how many MILLIONS of TAX PAYERS Dollars are being wasted by this over-bronzed crybaby, defending a bill that the US Dept of Justice has deemed "Unconstitutional" OUR taxes are being wasted on this crap! And the GOP (Greedy One Percent) Scream "Fiscal Responsibility!", "Get Rid Of Big Government Intrusions On Our Lives", and "Bring Down The Debt"! I think this wasteful spending should be investigated, on the defense of the Unconstitutional DOMA. Mr. Boner, or the RNC should be footing the bill for this 'Dead Horse' case!

    Posted by: eddie_schirm | Feb 25, 2012 5:47:48 AM

  23. The Republicans can't win on the economy (they're obstructing everything they can, and denying the successes of the Democrats). So, they're going after gays and women. Pathetic.

    Posted by: John | Feb 25, 2012 8:02:15 AM

  24. I'll bet the GoProudGirls and the LCRettes are just wriggling in their panties over their man Boehner's macho display of hubris. They're having orgasms I'll bet over this wanton waste of taxpayers dollars to continue the fight over the clearly unconstitutional DOMA.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 25, 2012 4:00:32 PM

  25. Oh, shush, those dollars aren't wasted! They're going to underemployed legal professionals! It's a stimulus activity!

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 27, 2012 12:19:50 AM

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