Seriously. We’re working on a larger post on DOMA and the hearing, but we had to hilight this one. Paul Clement, the House GOP lawyer arguing for DOMA, cast it as heloful to gay and lesbian couples. LGBTQ Nation reports:
Paul Clement, representing the House Republican leadership in defending the law, said the more relevant question is whether Congress had “any rational basis for the statute.” He supplied one, the federal government’s interest in treating same-sex couples the same no matter where they live. Clement said the government does not want military families “to resist transfer from West Point to Fort Sill because they’re going to lose their benefits.” The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is in New York, where same-sex marriage is legal, and Fort Sill is in Oklahoma, where gay marriages are not legal.
I’m sorry, but that’s a rich load of crap. DOMA’s true purpose is to treat gay and lesbian couples equally in every state, so we don’t have to worry about losing our benefits? Seriously?
The balls on this guy!