Boehner hires top lawyer for fight over marriage law, sources say
Boehner has recruited former solicitor general Paul Clement to defend DOMA in federal courts.
April 19th, 2011
10:09 AM ET
3 years ago

Boehner hires top lawyer for fight over marriage law, sources say

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans have hired a prominent conservative attorney to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a pending lawsuit, legal sources say, and will make an effort to divert money from the Justice Department to fund its high-profile fight.

House Speaker John Boehner disclosed the legal and political strategy in a letter Monday to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The Obama administration, which normally would defend federal laws in judicial disputes, announced last month it believed the Defense of Marriage Act, often referred to as DOMA, to be unconstitutional. The law defines marriage for federal purposes as unions only between a man and woman.

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