Politico notes that Republican lawmakers have been completely mute on the Supreme Court's decision to take up DOMA, a law which they've spent close to $2 million in legal bills defending.
Advocates on both sides of the issue said theyâd seen no statements from Republican lawmakers about the courtâs decision to take on DOMA and an even more provocative dispute regarding a ban California voters approved on same-sex marriage.
âIâm personally grateful to Speaker Boehner for being willing to defend the law, but itâs clear GOP elites donât want to talk about it and want to keep it as quiet as possible,â said Maggie Gallagher, a founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a fellow at the conservative American Principles Project. âThatâs so obvious, I donât see any point in pretending otherwise.â
And according to comments left by Gallagher on the Family Scholars site (which is a David Blankenhorn property), she thinks DOMA will be overturned:
"To strike down Prop 8 on 'narrow grounds' proposed by the 9th Circuit is so intellectually dishonest that if that is what the Court wished to do I think they would have refused to hear the case. I think Kennedy will overturn DOMA (perhaps joined by Roberts) and then uphold the right of states to refuse to accept gay marriage (i.e. uphold Prop 8). The victories this November for gay marriage at the polls make that outcome more likely. Justice Kennedy will likely see it as not at all unlikely voters will overturn Prop 8 soon and see that as a much better outcome than constitutionalizing gay marriage."
Adds Jeremy Hooper: "If the legitimacy holds, then this is quite newsworthy. Maggie has been one of DOMA's staunchest defenders (at least in recent years; she initially called it 'timid'). Maggie's beloved National Organization for Marriage has dedicated an entire project to 'defending DOMA.' Regardless of her more hopeful prediction (in her view) on Prop 8âwhich I, by the way, think is way off the mark both in predicted outcome and in spiritâher concession on this one key agenda item is a pretty major one."