Boehner Defends Legality of Gay-Marriage Ban
House Speaker John Boehner said on March 4 he is launching a legal defense by the House of the federal law against gay marriage, which President Barack Obama's Administration has concluded is unconstitutional.
"The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts — not by the President unilaterally," the Ohio Republican said in a statement. "This action by the House will ensure the matter is addressed in a manner consistent with our Constitution."
The Obama Administration last month announced it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the federal law that bans recognition of gay marriage. Attorney General Eric Holder said the section of the 1996 law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. Nonetheless, he said the Justice Department would continue to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, and it remains in effect.