The House GOP decided yesterday to no longer defend the remaining cases against Defense of Marriage Act. The Washington Post reports:
In a court filing, the House’s Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which played a lead role in attempting to force the Obama administration to enforce DOMA and is controlled by Republicans, said it is withdrawing from McLaughlin v. Panetta — a case in which gay members of the U.S. military challenged the constitutionality of the law and similar statutes when it comes to spousal benefits… “the House has determined, in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Windsor, that it no longer will defend that statute. Accordingly, the House now seeks leave to withdraw as a party defendant.”
That’s good, if not unexpected, news, and hopefully means these cases can be wrapped up fairly quickly (remembering that “quickly” in legal time is not the same as “quickly” in everyday time).