By Melanie Nathan, February 22, 2012.
San Francisco – Speaker Boehner had made an attempt to fight the Karen Golinski’s case in her quest to seek health care benefits from the court when her Federal employer had declined to provide them, citing the Defense of Marriage Act as reason for its denial. The speaker lost today when Bush appointee Judge Jeffrey White held DOMA unconstitutional in the case.
Seeking to invoke “HOUSE power,” via the House of Representatives hiring its own lawyers to represent the so called “Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group” (BLAG), Boehner today proved himself to be a frivolous wasteful spender of tax payer money.
Tax payer resources were wasted by Boehner when BLAG tried to defend a case that the Obama administration chose not to defend, as the administration actual presented a brief in Court asserting that Ms. Golinski was in fact entitled to parity for her same-sex spouse under the equal protection clause in the US Constitution.
We assert that Speaker Boehner did not have authority to convene BLAG to speak for Congress in a matter of this nature. The lawyers were hired by BLAG because Boehner was not happy that the Obama administration chose to, in effect, support Ms. Golinski’s quest for benefits.
BLAG under Boehner should be reprimanded and Boehner should resign over the embarrassment and wastefulness. See Story here: http://gayusathemovie.com/2012/02/doma-ruled-unconstitional-again-as-lesbian-karen-golinski-wins-health-care-benefits-case/
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UPDATED 2/24/2012 Comment Via Washington Blade by Rep. Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took aim at House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the Republican leadership in a statement, saying, “In rejecting the arguments of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, the court’s ruling also reaffirmed a core belief of the majority of House Democrats: that the House is not united in this case; that the BLAG lawyers do not speak for Congress; and that BLAG’s intervention remains a waste of taxpayer resources.”
She continued: “The court made it clear that there is no legitimate federal interest in denying married gay and lesbian couples the legal security, rights, and responsibilities guaranteed to all married couples under state law.”
A spokesman for Boehner did not immediately respond to a request from Metro Weekly for comment.