The Washington Times - April 18, 2011, 12:32PM

House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, released the following statement:

Speaker Boehner today sent Minority Leader Pelosi the attached letter asking her to support a redirection of funds from the Department of Justice to support the House’s defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.  On March 9, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group directed the House to defend DOMA after the Obama administration decided to stop defending DOMA in court.

 The letter states in part: “The burden of defending DOMA, and the resulting costs associated with any litigation that would have otherwise been born by DOJ, has fallen to the House.  Obviously, DOJ’s decision results in DOJ no longer needing the funds it would have otherwise expended defending the constitutionality of DOMA.  It is my intent that those funds be diverted to the House for reimbursement of any costs incurred by and associated with the House, and not DOJ, defending DOMA.

 Let me know if any further questions.


Attorney General Eric Holder announced in February that the Department of Justice would no longer be defending DOMA as a constitutional matter, saying: “After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny.”