Pelosi: Republicans 'irresponsible' on same-sex marriage
March 27th, 2013
02:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Pelosi: Republicans 'irresponsible' on same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Republicans who voted to spend millions in taxpayer dollars defending the federal ban on same-sex marriage are "irresponsible," the House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi argued Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters after attending oral arguments at the Supreme Court on the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act, Pelosi said the decision by GOP leaders in the House to pay to defend DOMA in court was a violation of lawmakers' oaths to uphold the Constitution.

"The behavior of Republicans in the House of Representatives on this subject has been so irresponsible," Pelosi said, equating the defense of DOMA in court to defending "increasing discrimination in our society."

"It's just plain wrong," she said.

The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, or BLAG, took up the defense of DOMA after President Barack Obama instructed his Justice Department to stop enforcing the law. Pelosi said the two Democratic members of the panel – herself and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer – both voted against defending the law in court.

Originally capped at $500,000, the cost of defending DOMA has risen to $3,000,000, a figure which Pelosi said Wednesday "speaks very loudly" to Republicans' priorities.

The man paid to defend DOMA at the Supreme Court, Paul Clement, has a "stale role to play in life," Pelosi added.

After hearing oral arguments, the minority leader predicted DOMA would be overturned

"On the basis of what I heard, the questions of the justices, the response of the participants, I'm very optimistic that DOMA will be struck down," Pelosi said.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Guest

    Piglosi – do us all a favor and go back to crapifornia! You'll fit in well, they are on the verge of economic and social demise.

    March 27, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. nothing new here

    Republicans –
    stop wasting MY $$$$ defending these stupid laws. Stop wasting my money on this war on drugs, gays and taxpayers in general.

    March 27, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Isaac W

    I think these words would hold more weight if they weren't coming from this hypocritical woman.

    March 27, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The right wing's objection to gay marriage is understandable. Their insistence that everyone must conform to their belief systems is almost fanatical. When are they going to learn to leave the social issues alone? Only when it is too late to save the party from the dust bin of history.

    March 27, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Just Saying

    True. The spending is "out of control" when money is being used by Democrats to better the lives of people less fortunate, but it is justified by the Republicans if it is used to further their causes and protect what THEY believe in. Sound like a double-standard to me. But, it is politics . . .

    2014 – When "We The People" really do take the Country back!! Send the Tea Party and all their hate and intollerance packing!!

    March 27, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. hornetbutt

    sorry nancy thats why your the Minority leader...america doesnt like your far left wing nutty politics..and you need a life style lift for all you wrinkles

    March 27, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Donna

    So I guess the federal government should just stop enforcing the laws on the books just because some far left lunatic like Pelosi thinks it shouldn't be enforced. This woman is a total whack job and an embarrassment to this country.

    March 27, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. just askin

    "The behavior of Republicans in the House of Representatives on this subject has been so irresponsible," Pelosi said, equating the defense of DOMA in court to defending "increasing discrimination in our society."

    i guess she forgot that her buddy bill clinton is the one that signed it into law. what has changed since then? nothing. except the amounbt of money that pours into democrat election coffers from gays and lesbians seeking to form a new right where none exists, to rewrite centuries of history, law and tradition. yes, the democrats have been bought and aid for which is why obama "evolved" on the topic, to get all that gay money for his campaign.

    March 27, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Christopher LODI

    So what you are saying indirectly Ms. Pelosi is that the Republicans have spent money in a campaign against citizens of their own country? That's sedition and/or treason against the United States. Nevermind the District or State that a representative comes from; an act of sedition/treason against any ONE CITIZEN is an act against us ALL.

    March 27, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Irritatedgagreflex

    Republicans are irresponsible on many issues, this being but one of them. This doesn't applies to those who believe everyday is the first day of 1955, or that slavery is still in force. Add to this the misguided belief that all problems can be solved through prayer, and you get the picture. Irresponsible and soon becoming irrelevant. Go away, your in the way of progress.

    March 27, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. JeffersonLives

    It was signed into law by Clinton....stop blaming Republicans for everything. Both parties have contributed to the mess.

    March 27, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    God told the Repubs. to do this. Don't believe me ? Just ask them. They are the only ones that God speaks to.

    March 27, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Not irresponsible........simply a difference in viewpoint. Perhaps too much religious influence in that difference of viewpoint, but that doesn't make it irresponsible. just a different viewpoint. Something the Dems ocialist dictators don't want to hear........any difference in viewpoint.

    March 27, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Bill

    The law will be struck down and surprise, the Republicans once again are on the the wrong (and losing) side of an issue. A latter-day Whig Party.

    March 27, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Donna

    The Real Tom Paine
    Taxes are something that is under the control of the Legislature, unless the tax is discriminatory, like a poll tax.

    Taxes applied to only one segment of our population are by definition discriminatory, especially while almost half pay none. Where is the "equal protection under the law"? The pay-nothings-do-nothings of our country elect Democrats to take from others and give to them. The workers of this country and their paychecks are now at the mercy of the takers.

    March 27, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. freedom

    Dolores Umbridge – tell me no lies!! She has no room to talk about irresponsible. She crams legislation through that she isn't even subject to. She's a lier and a kniver. Bring in the centaurs.

    March 27, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Ed1

    You are the one that said pass Obamacare so we can see what's in it.

    You are a fake and nothing more needs to be said.

    The people that voted you in must be drinking the same Kool Aid.

    March 27, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. California Conservative

    Pelosi – Pot, Kettle

    March 27, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. California Conservative

    Pelosi, Who did you pay off about your insider trading deals?

    March 27, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. kbv206

    I think the Republicans based their campaigns on less government. However, I think their social positions completely undermine that message. They want less regulation but want to regulate every social issue that comes their way! If they just take a position of less government in general, they might even win more elections.

    March 27, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Donna wrote:

    Taxes applied to only one segment of our population are by definition discriminatory, especially while almost half pay none.
    Take it up with the Reagan administration. It played a key role in Reagonomics in the 1980s.

    Take it up with the Gingrich Republicans. It played a key role in welfare reform, because it made it more profitable to work again, rather than sitting aorund colecting a check every month.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    March 27, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Donna


    Democrats voted FOR DOMA!!!

    118-65 in the House
    32-14 in the Senate
    Democrat Bill Clinton signed it into LAW.

    It would NOT have become law without Democrat support.

    And now they seek to re-write history.... yet again.

    March 27, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Pete

    @Rick McDaniel,it is irresponsible judging everything republicans do being the hypocrital religious nuts most of you are..Everything by the good book but most of you would scream if were ever in a church wouldn't yah..Most republicans set judgement before judging themselves don't yah..Hey Rick Ms.Pelosi is much like Biden and tells it like it is and its a shame you don't take some of her advise and use it because its a hell of a lot better than your sunbaked drunk in Boehner has given you'll recently ,right!!Boehner will go down next to Newt as the two worse speakers in history in congressional political history right next to your losers you called presidents starting with Hoover and ending with Bushs,can't get any worse than that can yah Rick!!

    March 27, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. James Bond

    What makes you think the republicans are for the working class, thats a stretch, giving tax loopholes to one minority group is not right, is'nt that what you said, you simply cant see, or think we cant see the class warfare going on, get on the correct side while you can

    March 27, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. just sayin

    demorcats are in this for the all the money gays contribute to their campaigns. nothing new here. democrats being bought and paid for just like obama was.

    March 27, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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