House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday criticized legal spending to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law which bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.
At the director of House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, the so-called Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) stepped in to defend the law in court after the Obama administration declined to do so, saying it believes the law is unconstitutional. BLAG hired former Solicitor General Paul Clement and authorized a $1.5 million budget.
“It is unconscionable for Speaker Boehner and Republican leaders, including Chairman Dan Lungren who authorized the contracts with the outside law firm, to continue to stand on the wrong side of history at taxpayer expense,” said Pelosi in a statement.
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